The textual content for a <text> 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>


<svg width="100%" height="100%" viewBox="0 0 1000 300"
    <text id="ReferencedText">
      Referenced character data

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

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

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


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGTRefElement interface.


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Not supported Not supported ? ? ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? Not supported ? ? ?

See also

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