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Techniques/HTML/H1 elements should be used for titling the web site and subpage information of a HTML/xhtml based web resource
From WCAG WG
See also Response to this technique.
H1 elements should be used for titling the web site and subpage information of a HTML/xhtml based web resource
- Submitter's Name: Jon Gunderson
- Submitter's Email: email@example.com
This technique relates to:
- Success Criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled))
For: Success Criteria 2.4.2 Page Titled: Web pages have titles that describe topic or purpose. (Level A)
Related to Technique G88: Providing descriptive titles for Web pages http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20101014/G88
The use of H1 as part of a page titling solution is deemed important by a Webaim study: http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey3/#headings
Here is a best practices use case with wide implementation: http://html.cita.illinois.edu/nav/title/title-rules.php
Here is OpenAjax Accessibility rules that have been developed to test for the the use of H1 in titling: http://www.oaa-accessibility.org/rules/html/29/
Examples of successful application of the Technique
Example 1: AHS Website
Example 2: OAA Support Website
Resources are for information purposes only, no endorsement implied.
Here are OAA rules that support testing: 
- See OAA test results