<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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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
titleChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support 8Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 3Chrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 3Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
Tooltip displayChrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 4IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


Full support  
Full support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown

See also