Provides “High Contrast” feature detection for accessibility purposes.


By doing a require() of dojo/hccss, the dj_a11y CSS class will be added to your document’s <body> tag if the machine is in high contrast mode. Dijit’s styling is aware of this class and will not display background images. This is useful for Internet Explorer and Firefox running on Windows. It doesn’t apply to Chrome or Safari (on mobile, mac, or desktop), which always display background images.

dojo/hccss will also set the has("highcontrast") flag so code can check directly whether or not it is in high contrast mode and branch appropriately.


Simply require the module:


And then reference the class name from CSS rules, etc.:

.myTitlePane .label {
     /* normally hide the label in preference to the icon */
     display: none;
.dj_a11y .myTitlePane .label {
     /* but display the label in high contrast mode, since the icon won't appear */
     display: block;

Execution Time

Note that the dojo/domReady! dependency (if present) will resolve before the CSS class is added. Thus if your widget has JavaScript sizing code, it may not be sufficient to wait for dojo/domReady!. Rather, the widget should be instantiated inside of a ready() call:

require(["dojo/ready", "dojo/hccss"], function(ready){
     ready(function(){      // wait for DOMReady and for hccss code to execute
        new MyTitlePane(...);
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