iron-a11y-announcer | Vaadin

An element that helps with announcing text through screen readers.

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iron-a11y-announcer is a singleton element that is intended to add a11y to features that require on-demand announcement from screen readers. In order to make use of the announcer, it is best to request its availability in the announcing element. Note: announcements are only audible if you have a screen reader enabled.

See: Documentation, Demo



npm install --save @polymer/iron-a11y-announcer

In an html file

    <script type="module">
      import {IronA11yAnnouncer} from '@polymer/iron-a11y-announcer/iron-a11y-announcer.js';
      // Initialize the announcer.

      // Note: announcements are only audible if you have a screen reader enabled.'iron-announce',
          {text: 'Hello there!'}, {bubbles: true});

In a Polymer 3 element

import {PolymerElement, html} from '@polymer/polymer';
import {IronA11yAnnouncer} from '@polymer/iron-a11y-announcer/iron-a11y-announcer.js';

class SampleElement extends PolymerElement {
  static get template() {
    return html`
      <button on-click="announce">Announce</button>
  function attached() {

  // After the `iron-a11y-announcer` has been made available, elements can
  // make announces by firing bubbling `iron-announce` events.
  // Note: announcements are only audible if you have a screen reader enabled.
  function announce() {'iron-announce',
        {text: 'Hello there!'}, {bubbles: true});
customElements.define('sample-element', SampleElement);


If you want to send a PR to this element, here are the instructions for running the tests and demo locally:


git clone
cd iron-a11y-announcer
npm install
npm install -g polymer-cli

Running the demo locally

polymer serve --npm

Running the tests

polymer test --npm

Known Issues

This element doesn't work on Firefox (it doesn't read anything in Voice Over), since aria-live has been broken since the Quantum redesign (see the MDN docs demo) -- we tested it on Firefox 60, but it doesn't look like a regression, so it's probably broken on older versions as well.


Link to this version
ImportedReleased 12 November 2018BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Framework Support
Polymer 3.0+
Also supported:
Polymer 1 (1.0.6)Polymer 2 (2.1.0)
Browser Independent
Install with
npm install @polymer/iron-a11y-announcer"@3.0.2"
Run the above npm command in your project folder. If you have any issues installing, please contact the author.
Release notes - Version 3.0.2


  • @polymer/polymer#^3.0.0