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  • String

See Related:

  • aria-disabled

Used in Roles:

  • All elements of the base markup (Global)
  • No role required


  • true/false
    • true: Indicates that this section of the document and its children are hidden.
    • false (default): Indicates that this section of the document is visible.

Indicates that the element and all of its descendants are not visible or perceivable to any user as implemented by the author.

If an element is only visible after some user action, authors must set the aria-hidden attribute to true. When the element is presented, authors must set the aria-hidden attribute to false or remove the attribute, indicating that the element is visible.

Some assistive technologies access aria information directly through the DOM and not through platform accessibility supported by the browser. Authors must set aria-hidden="true" on content that is not displayed, regardless of the mechanism used to hide it. This allows assistive technologies or user agents to properly skip hidden elements in the document.

It is recommended that authors key visibility of elements off this attribute, rather than change visibility and separately have to remember to update this property. CSS 2 provides a way to select on attribute values. The following CSS declaration makes content visible unless the aria-hidden attribute is true; scripts need only update the value of this attribute to change visibility:

[aria-hidden="true"] { visibility: hidden; }

Note: Authors are reminded that visibility:hidden and display:none apply to all CSS media types; therefore, use of either will hide the content from assistive technologies that access the DOM through a rendering engine.

However, in order to support assistive technologies that access the DOM directly, or other authoring techniques to visibly hide content (for example, opacity or off-screen positioning), authors need to ensure the aria-hidden attribute is always updated accordingly when an element is shown or hidden, unless the intent of using off-screen positioning is to make the content visible only to screen reader users and not others.

Authors may, with caution, use aria-hidden to hide visibly rendered content from assistive technologies only if the act of hiding this content is intended to improve the experience for users of assistive technologies by removing redundant or extraneous content.

Authors using aria-hidden to hide visible content from screen readers must ensure that identical or equivalent meaning and functionality is exposed to assistive technologies.

Note: Authors are advised to use extreme caution and consider a wide range of disabilities when hiding visibly rendered content from assistive technologies. For example, a sighted, dexterity-impaired individual may use voice-controlled assistive technologies to access a visual interface.

If an author hides visible link text "Go to checkout" and exposes similar, yet non-identical link text "Check out now" to the accessibility API, the user may be unable to access the interface they perceive using voice control. Similar problems may also arise for screen reader users. For example, a sighted telephone support technician may attempt to have the blind screen reader user click the "Go to checkout" link, which they may be unable to find using a type-ahead item search ("Go to…").

Note: Authors are advised to avoid using aria-hidden="false" with styles or attributes that have historically prevented rendering in all modalities, such as display:none or visibility:hidden in CSS, or the hidden attribute in HTML 5.

At the time of this writing, aria-hidden="false" is known to work inconsistently when used in conjunction with such features. As future implementations improve, use caution and test thoroughly before relying on this approach.

Note:  For cross-browser compatibility, always use the aria attribute syntax to access and modify aria properties, for example object.setAttribute("aria-valuenow", newValue).


<element aria-hidden="p" ... >
object.setAttribute("aria-hidden",value);var value = object.getAttribute("aria-hidden");

Microsoft Active Accessibility Properties:


UI Automation Properties: 

  • IsOffscreen

UI Automation AriaProperties Property:

  • hidden
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