<title> — the SVG accessible name element

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

Text in a <title> element is not rendered as part of the graphic, but browsers usually display it as a tooltip. If an element can be described by visible text, it is recommended to reference that text with an aria-labelledby attribute rather than using the <title> element.

Note: For backward compatibility with SVG 1.1, <title> elements should be the first child element of their parent.

<svg viewBox="0 0 20 10" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="4">
    <title>I'm a circle</title>

  <rect x="11" y="1" width="8" height="8">
    <title>I'm a square</title>


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 '<title>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<title>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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See also