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

Generally title element should be the first child element of its parent. Note that those implementations that do use title to display a tooltip often will only do so if the title is indeed the first child element of its parent.

Usage context

CategoriesDescriptive element
Permitted contentAny elements or character data.


The following code snippet demonstrates the usage of SVG <title> tag.

<svg width="500" height="300" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
    <title>SVG Title Demo example</title>
    <rect x="10" y="10" width="200" height="50"
    style="fill:none; stroke:blue; stroke-width:1px"/>


Global attributes

Specific attributes

There is no specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGTitleElement interface.


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<title>' in that specification.
Working Draft  
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<title>' 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
Tooltip display ? 4.0 (2.0) ? ? ?
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
Tooltip display ? 4.0 (2.0) ? ? ?

The chart is based on these sources.

See also

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