ARIA: contentinfo role
contentinfo role defines a footer, containing identifying information such as copyright information, navigation links, and privacy statements, found on every document within a site. This section is commonly called a footer.
<div role="contentinfo"> <h2>Footer</h2> <!-- footer content --> </div>
This is a website footer. Using the
<footer> element instead is recommended:
<footer> <h2>Footer</h2> <!-- footer content --> </footer>
contentinfo role is a landmark used to identify a page footer. Landmarks can be used by assistive technology to quickly identify and navigate to large sections of the document. Pages should only include one top-level
contentinfo landmark role per page.
Each page should only include one
contentinfo landmark, created by either using the
<footer> element or by declaring
contentinfo landmarks present in content embedded via
<iframe> do not count towards this limit.
<body> <!-- other page content --> <div role="contentinfo"> <h2>MDN Web Docs</h2> <ul> <li><a href="#">Web Technologies</a></li> <li><a href="#">Learn Web Development</a></li> <li><a href="#">About MDN</a></li> <li><a href="#">Feedback</a></li> </ul> <p>© 2005-2018 Mozilla and individual contributors. Content is available under <a href="#">these licenses</a>.</p> </div> </body>
Landmark roles are intended to identify larger overall sections of the document. Using too many landmark roles can create "noise" in screen readers, making it difficult to understand the overall layout of the page.
If there is more than one
contentinfo landmark role or
<footer> element in a document, provide a label with the
aria-label attribute for each landmark. This label will allow assistive technology users to quickly understand the purpose of each landmark.
<body> ... <article> <h2>Everyday Pad Thai</h2> <!-- article content --> <footer aria-label="Everyday Pad Thai metadata"> <p>Posted on <time datetime="2021-09-23 12:17">September 23</time> by <a href="#">Lisa</a>.</p> </footer> </article> ... <footer aria-label="Footer"> <!-- footer content --> </footer> </body>
Screen readers will announce the type of role the landmark is. Because of this, you do not need to describe what the landmark is in its label. For example, a declaration of
role="contentinfo" with an of
aria-label="Footer" may be announced redundantly as, "contentinfo footer".
When it is an immediate descendant of the
<body> using the
<footer> element will automatically communicate a section has a role of
contentinfo (save for a known issue in VoiceOver). If at all possible, prefer using
<footer> instead. Note that a
footer element nested within an
section is not considered
Certain technologies such as browser extensions can generate lists of all landmark roles present on a page, allowing non-screen reader users to also quickly identify and navigate to large sections of the document.
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