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aria-describedby attribute (aria)

Screen reader support level: partial (20/23)

Voice Control support level: unknown

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About this feature

Identifies the element (or elements) that describes the object. See related aria-labelledby.

Age of results

Results across all tests for this feature range from a year ago to 4 years ago. Detailed dates and version information can be found in associated tests.


Failing or partial results may be out of date. The oldest result is from 4 years ago. Consider running the associated tests and contributing results.


What are expectations?

Screen Reader support by expectation

ExpectationJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
MUST contribute to the descriptionsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedpartial (1/2)partial (1/2)
SHOULD convey description changes when in focussupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonepartial

Voice Control support by expectation

ExpectationDragon Naturally SpeakingVoice Access (Android)Voice Control (iOS)Voice Control (MacOS)Windows Speech RecognitionWindows Voice Access
Not applicable

Expectation: contribute to the description

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: MUST
  • Voice Control: NA

Expectation: convey description changes when in focus

Strength of this expectation for different types of assistive technologies:

  • Screen Readers: SHOULD
  • Voice Control: NA
Screen Reader support for 'SHOULD convey description changes when in focus'
TestJAWSNarratorNVDAOrcaTalkBackVoiceOver (iOS)VoiceOver (macOS)
aria-describedby attribute on a text input applied to: input[type="text"] elementsupportedsupportedsupportednonesupportedsupportedsupportednonenonenonepartial