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aria-live attribute | ariaLive property

Sets or retrieves how assistive technology should announce updates to live regions.

Internet Explorer 8



<element aria-live="p" ... >


object.setAttribute("aria-live",value);var value = object.getAttribute("aria-live");


Property values

Type: String


Default. Updates should not be announced.


Updates should only be announced if the user is idle.


Updates should be announced to the user as soon as possible.


Updates should be announced immediately, interrupting the user if necessary.

Standards information


Used in Roles
No role required.


The ariaLive attribute indicates the priority of updates to a live region. Announcing changes immediately can be disorienting for users. Most updates should be announced only when the user is idle.

To supress notifications until after a region has finished updating, set ariaBusy.

Note  For cross-browser compatibility, always use the WAI-ARIA attribute syntax to access and modify ARIA properties; for example, object.setAttribute("aria-valuenow", newValue).

See also

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)



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