Re: What is the best way to hide decorative SVG using ARIA?

aria-hidden: true is the approach I'd recommend for hiding inline SVG
markup, since it hides the entire document fragment.  Or it should, anyway,
if the AT are implementing aria-hidden correctly; I've had testers say that
they needed to add role="presentation" all the way down the tree to
properly hide a fragment from some browser/AT combos.

Depending on the context, you could also hide the details of the markup by
a role with the children presentational property to a parent element,
provided its name isn't derived from contents.  So, if you have an SVG icon
inside a button, and that button has an aria-label, then you shouldn't need
to explicitly hide the SVG markup.

More generally: if the SVG does not include any text content, alt text
content, or interactive content, then according to our latest mapping
recommendations, role="presentation" on the <svg> should effectively remove
the SVG from the accessibility tree: basic shapes and use elements are only
supposed to be included if the author has given them alt text, a role, or
interactivity.  But my recommendation would be to only use
role="presentation" for cases when you want the SVG to be transparent
(e.g., styled text where you just want the text content read out without
identifying it as a graphic), and use aria-hidden for actually hiding
redundant or purely decorative content.

One other thing: to prevent the <svg> element from gaining tab focus in
IE/Edge, add a (obsolete, defined in SVG Tiny 1.2) focusable="false"


On 5 July 2016 at 16:45, James Nurthen <> wrote:

> I found myself needing to hide some decorative SVG graphics from the
> accessibility API today. Is aria-hidden="true" the only method we have for
> doing this? It seemed like it was to me - did I miss anything obvious?
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