Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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F25: Failure of Success Criterion 2.4.2 due to the title of a Web page not identifying the contents


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This describes a failure condition when the Web page has a title, but the title does not identify the contents or purpose of the Web page.


Failure Example 1

Examples of text that are not titles include:

  • Authoring tool default titles, such as

    • "Enter the title of your HTML document here,"

    • "Untitled Document"

    • "No Title"

    • "Untitled Page"

    • "New Page 1"

  • Filenames that are not descriptive in their own right, such as "report.html" or "spk12.html"

  • Empty text

  • Filler or placeholder text

Failure Example 2

A site generated using templates includes the same title for each page on the site. So the title cannot be used to distinguish among the pages.


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  1. Check whether the title of each Web page identifies the contents or purpose of the Web page .

Expected Results

Techniques are Informative

Techniques are informative—that means they are not required. The basis for determining conformance to WCAG 2.0 is the success criteria from the WCAG 2.0 standard—not the techniques. For important information about techniques, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria section of Understanding WCAG 2.0.