Hidden Informative View Focus

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After careful review, we've decided to deprecate the experimental Hidden Item Rules for Android - Hidden Active View Focus and Hidden Informative View Focus. These experimental rules have gone through many iterations as we've gathered and received feedback over 2 years. We've found that these automated testing checks have the potential to return false positives and have decided to remove them from our library. We will continue to evaluate the potential for new rules.

Results for these rules will be marked as ignored starting in version 4.2.0, and will be fully removed in a later version.


This is an experimental rule, and therefore its result(s) are considered to be in beta testing. Learn more about experimental rules and how you can help improve them.

WCAG 2.0 - 1.3.2 A Impact - Critical

Views containing information should not be covered by another view, either entirely or partially. Toolbar and Dialog controls are ignored.


When a view's information is obstructed, it cannot be announced with assistive technology.


The version of Android, device, and manufacturer may play a part in issue detection.


  1. Navigate within your app to the view
  2. One of the following will happen:
    • Inaccessible: Observe the view is partially, or entirely, covered by another view.
    • Accessible: The view is clear from any obstruction from another view.

How to Fix

Move the overlaying view, or the informative view, to ensure no other view is covering it.