Hidden element is focusable Accessibility Checkpoint


An element with aria-hidden=true contains focusable content.


The hidden element and its contents are not voiced by a screen reader, but the contents contain an element with tabindex set or active a, button, input, select and textarea controls. The user can tab to these or focus via touch and hears only silence.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 6.45 Jul 2022 Now only applies to tab-focusable elements - another ACT Rule change.
  • 6.44 Mar 2022 Now applies to touch-focusable elements - ACT Rule change.
  • 6.41 Jul 2021 Improved detection.
  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccAriaHiddenFocusableContent