Visually hidden

Use when an element needs to be available to assistive technology (for example, a screen reader) but otherwise hidden.


Always provide a heading for a major page section such as a card. In rare cases the heading is visually redundant and the meaning is conveyed by context. Rather than omit the heading, wrap the heading in the visually hidden component.

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The content to be hidden visually

Best practices

Visually hidden should:

  • Not be used if semantic markup can make content understandable to people using assistive technology
  • Be used to provide extra context when semantic markup isn’t enough
  • Be used on any content that is normally present but is being omitted
  • Make sense in context when used with a screen reader

Content guidelines

There are no content elements specific to this component. Follow any guidelines appropriate to the element being hidden.