Provide unique page titles Usability Guideline


This page title is not unique. Each page should have a descriptive and meaningfully different title.


Title refers to the text displayed on browser tabs, favorites, and in search engines results pages. If two or more pages have the same title, they cannot be differentiated by users or the Favorites capability of the browser.

Applicable standards

Note: This checkpoint applies to sets of pages, or depends on content in linked pages, so never fires for single page scans. The website has been down since July 2020, although is still operating and the PDF version of the guidelines is still available.

Change history

  • 5.23 Oct 2016 Fixed false positive on ASP.NET MVC login pages.
  • 5.2 May 2013 Updated priority to match April 2013 version of guidelines.
  • 5.1 Jan 2013 Fixed false positive on pages using rel=canonical.
  • 4.7 Jun 2012 Don’t fire on pages with different URL parameters but same content.
  • 1.0 Feb 2007 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: UseGov9.2.2