The aria-readonly attribute indicates that the element is not editable, but is otherwise operable.


When you want to indicate that an interactive element works but is not editable, set aria-readonly="true". This indicates to the user that an interactive element that would normally be focusable and copyable has been placed in a read-only (not disabled) state.

When aria-readonly is set to true, it means the user can read but not set the value of the widget. Read-only elements are still relevant to the user, so you should not prevent the user from navigating to the element or its focusable descendants or copying the value.

Examples include:

  • Form elements which should not be changed.
  • Row and column headers in a spreadsheet.
  • The total value in a shopping cart.

If the non-changeable value shouldn't be able to receive focus, use aria-disabled instead.

Note: When using semantic HTML form controls, if you set the readonly attribute, you don't need to include aria-readonly="true".

Note: The value of <input type="checkbox"> can not be edited making readonly not relevant. However, when creating checkboxes with role="checkbox" the aria-readonly attribute is supported.



The element is readonly.

false (default)

The element is not readonly.



The ariaReadOnly property, part of the Element interface, reflects the value of the aria-readonly attribute.


The ariaReadOnly property, part of the ElementInternals interface, reflects the value of the aria-readonly attribute.

Associated roles


Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA)
# aria-readonly

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