Create a Unique Title for Each Web Resource
Good web design allows users to easily identify what website and
sub-section of the website they are using. The identity is sometimes referred
to as "branding" and is done through a combination of colors, graphical
styling and logos that are used for the overall look and fell of a website. Many people
with disabilities cannot see or use the graphics for various reasons and
therefore need to have unique text titling that identifies the website and
title element in the
head needs to contain information
about the website and sub-section information, and
elements in the main content containing sub-section information and possibly the website information.
Benefit to People with Disabilities
- By using the
h1elements to uniquely title web pages people with disabilities can use browser and assistive technology features to easily identify the web resources they are viewing.
- Without unique titles people who are blind, have visual impairments or processing problems cannot easily determine if web resources have changed or the purpose of the current web resource. This forces them to have to read and try to interpret context information from the information available on the pages, which is especially difficult for pages with navigation bars and advertising banners.
- Use of unique titles makes it easier for all users to identify the purpose of the web resource.
- Developers using
h1can use CSS to consistantly style the title of web resources.
Related Accessibility Requirements
- Section 508
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0)
- 3.5 Use header elements to convey document structure and use them according to specification. [Priority 2]
- 13.4 Use navigation mechanisms in a consistent manner. [Priority 2]
HTML Markup Details
titleelement in the
headcontains a title for the website and sub-page.
titleelement is typically rendered in the title bar at the top of the graphical window of most graphical browsers like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox.
of speech technologies like screen readers (e.g. Jaws, Windoweyes, and HAL
can easily read the
h1element includes sub-section information and may containg website information
h1element is easy for users to navigate to with assistive technologies as well as the keyboard in some browsers (e.g. Opera or Mozilla/Firefox accessibility extension).
<title>Career Center: Overview</title>