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

From: Rich Schwerdtfeger <richschwer@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 20:40:10 -0500
Cc: James Nurthen <james.nurthen@oracle.com>, "public-aria@w3.org" <public-aria@w3.org>, SVG-A11y TF <public-svg-a11y@w3.org>
Message-Id: <34CADEDD-66BA-42D7-B016-43826FEAF67B@gmail.com>
To: Amelia Bellamy-Royds <amelia.bellamy.royds@gmail.com>

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> On Jul 5, 2016, at 6:39 PM, Amelia Bellamy-Royds <amelia.bellamy.royds@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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" attribute.
> ~Amelia
>> On 5 July 2016 at 16:45, James Nurthen <james.nurthen@oracle.com> 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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