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

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All technologies.

This technique relates to Success Criterion 2.4.2: Page Titled (Failure).


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.


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

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.



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

Expected Results

  • If step #1 is false, then this failure condition applies and the content fails this Success Criterion.