A lightweight, dependency-free JavaScript module for generating progressively-enhanced collapsible regions using ARIA States and Properties.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import ariaCollapsible from '';



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A lightweight, dependency-free JavaScript module for generating progressively-enhanced collapsible regions using ARIA States and Properties.

Key Features

  • Uses ARIA States and Properties
  • Dependency-free
  • AMD/CommonJS module support

aria-collapsible is also really tiny:

Uncompressed 1,942 bytes
Minified 1,254 bytes
Minified and gzipped 597 bytes

Getting aria-collapsible

Adding aria-collapsible to your project is easy! You've got a couple options:

  • Download a tagged version from GitHub and do it yourself (old school).
  • Install via Bower: bower install aria-collapsible
  • Install via npm: npm install aria-collapsible



To use aria-collapsible, your markup needs two elements: a control and a region. The control, typically a <button> or an <a> element, is what your user will interact with and is the element that controls the display of the collapsible region. The region is an element elsewhere on the page whose display is handled by the control.

The two elements are associated by adding an aria-controls="region" attribute to the control. The value of the aria-controls attribute corresponds to the value of the region's id attribute.

<button type="button" aria-controls="region" aria-expanded="true" aria-hidden id="control">Menu</button>

<nav id="region">
        <li><a href="#">Chapter 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Chapter 2</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Chapter 3</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Chapter 4</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Chapter 5</a></li>


Most browsers don't natively hide elements with the aria-hidden attribute so you'll need to add the following to your stylesheet:

[aria-hidden] {
    display: none !important;


Lastly, initialize aria-collapsible by creating a new Collapsible, passing in a DOM reference to the control, and calling the init() method.

var collapsible = new Collapsible(document.getElementById('control'));


You can see the above in action in the included example file.

Collapsible regions can be shown and hidden programatically using the toggle() method:


You can also teardown a collapsible region, resetting the DOM to its initial state and removing event handlers:


Browser Support

aria-collapsible works in all modern browsers.

It makes use of the addEventListener method which first appeared in Internet Explorer in version 9.0. To avoid throwing JavaScript errors in browsers that don't support this method, you can cut the mustard:

if ('addEventListener' in window) {
    // Your scripts here…


aria-collapsible is inspired by the following works:

Special thanks to Jeremy Fields for his help testing with VoiceOver.

aria-collapsible is written and maintained by Jason Garber with the help of some great contributors.


aria-collapsible is freely available under The MIT License. Go forth and make the Web a more accessible place.