Each container element or graphics element in an SVG drawing can supply a desc description string where the description is text-only. When the current SVG document fragment is rendered as SVG on visual media, desc elements are not rendered as part of the graphics. Alternate presentations are possible, both visual and aural, which display the desc element but do not display path elements or other graphics elements. The desc element generally improve accessibility of SVG documents

Usage context

CategoriesDescriptive element
Permitted contentAny elements or character data.



Global attributes

Specific attributes

There is no specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGDescElement interface.


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 8.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 1.0 (1.8) Not supported (Yes) 3.0.4

See also

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