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    Using the aria-label attribute

    This technique demonstrates how to use the aria-label attribute.

    The aria-label attribute is used to define a string that labels the current element. Use it in cases where a text label is not visible on the screen. (If there is visible text labeling the element, use aria-labelledby instead.)

    This attribute can be used with any typical HTML element; it is not limited to elements that have an ARIA role assigned.



    Possible effects on user agents and assistive technology 

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    Note: Opinons may differ on how assistive technology should handle this technique. The information provided above is one of those opinions and therefore not normative.


    Example 1: Multiple Labels

    In the example below, a button is styled to look like a typical "close" button, with an X in the middle. Since there is nothing indicating that the purpose of the button is to close the dialog, the aria-label attribute is used to provide the label to any assistive technologies.

    <button aria-label="Close" onclick="myDialog.close()">X</button>

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    The most common accessibility API mapping for a label is the accessible name property.

    Used by ARIA roles

    all elements of the base markup


    TBD: Add support information for common UA and AT product combinations

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