Page titles are shown in many browsers to make it easy to find a page in the list of open web pages. It is also the first information that is read to screen reader users when a page is opened.
Why Is This Important?
Good page titles are particularly important for orientation — to help people know where they are and move between pages open in their browser. The first thing screen readers say when the user goes to a different web page is the page title.
Checking for Basic WCAG Requirements
- Check that there is a title that adequately and briefly describes the content of the page.
- Check that the title is different from other pages on the website, and adequately distinguishes the page from other web pages.
If both checks are true, the page title conforms to the WCAG basic requirements.
Page titles are often truncated, for example when a window needs to display many tabs or in search engines. Therefore it is important to list the most specific information first, for example:
- Acme Web Solutions Home Page
- About Acme Web Solutions
- Contact Acme Web Solutions
- History of Acme Web Solutions
Tools & Bookmarklet
- Paul J. Adam’s Page Title Bookmarklet extracts the title for easy copying and pasting.