Deprecated
This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The textual content for a <text> SVG element can be either character data directly embedded within the <text> element or the character data content of a referenced element, where the referencing is specified with a <tref> element.

Usage context

CategoriesText content element, Text content child element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Descriptive elements
<animate>, <animateColor>, <set>

Attributes

Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGTRefElement interface.

Example

<svg width="100%" height="100%" viewBox="0 0 1000 300"
     xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" 
     xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink">
  <defs>
    <text id="ReferencedText">
      Referenced character data
    </text>
  </defs>

  <text x="100" y="100" font-size="45" >
    Inline character data
  </text>

  <text x="100" y="200" font-size="45" fill="red" >
    <tref xlink:href="#ReferencedText"/>
  </text>

  <!-- Show outline of canvas using 'rect' element -->
  <rect x="1" y="1" width="998" height="298"
        fill="none" stroke-width="2" />
</svg>

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Deprecated
Chrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
xlink:href
Deprecated
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

Contributors to this page: fscholz, Sebastianz, KyleDavidE, kscarfone, Dholbert, Jeremie
Last updated by: fscholz,