The <desc> element provides an accessible, long-text description of any SVG container element or graphics element.

Text in a <desc> element is not rendered as part of the graphic. If the element can be described by visible text, it is possible to reference that text with the aria-describedby attribute. If aria-describedby is used, it will take precedence over <desc>

The hidden text of a <desc> element can also be concatenated with the visible text of other elements using multiple IDs in an aria-describedby value. In that case, the <desc> element must provide an ID for reference.

<svg viewBox="0 0 10 10" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="4">
      I'm a circle and that description is here to
      demonstrate how I can be described, but is it
      really necessary to describe a simple circle
      like me?


This element only includes global attributes

Global attributes

Core Attributes
Most notably: id
Styling Attributes
class, style
Event Attributes
Global event attributes, Document element event attributes

Usage notes

CategoriesDescriptive element
Permitted contentAny elements or character data


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<desc>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<desc>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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See also