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"I have known and worked with Canton on various projects since 1995. He is a brilliant designer, communicator and Internet expert. He is creative and very easy to work with. I consider him one of my original Internet collegues who worked on the Internet just as it went commercial."

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Does Gmail support HTML imagemaps?

Thank you Gmail!

Short answer: Yes!

I ran a test myself because if you search for email client support of imagemap-clicking, you’ll see everyone pointing to this article from 2007 which sadly reports that Gmail is the only significant email client that does not support HTML imagemaps.

Sometime between then and now (July 2010) Gmail added HTML image mapping support, so those of us who are in the business of designing email newsletters can rejoice and take advantage of this useful oldschool feature.

By the way, if you are an email newsletter designer and you had given up on using background images because of Outlook 2007′s terrible support in this regard, have a look at this interesting workaround.

5 comments

  1. erika posted on August 11, 2010:

    but it’s Aug 2010 & my imagemaps are still not working in gmail. Can anyone guess why?

  2. who posted on October 27, 2010:

    I’m not convinced. I just tried it and none of the image maps worked for me. Can anyone confirm/deny?

  3. Eri posted on January 2, 2012:

    My question is how to *create* them in Gmail. Is this possible?

  4. Jeune posted on February 8, 2012:

    I have done this already and I can confirm it. I was able to know how to do it by reading the code of emails I got from ebay. It still uses the old school way of doing image maps.

    <img ... usemap="#mapName">
    
    <map name="mapName">
    ...
    

  5. DWI Lawyer Austin posted on April 11, 2013:

    I Just tried and its 2013 and I was not able to click on an image map I created and put into MailChimp. It did work in outlook.

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