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DQM Checkpoints and Standards

Checkpoints - Do not have multiple headings with identical text

Headings give structure to a web page. This structure is both visual and technical, meaning that a human can see it (or hear it, more on that later) and a machine can understand it. This structure is like an outline of the page. Descriptive headings allow screen-reader and assistive technology users to skim the structure of a page and navigate to or skip over sections. Identical headings make it more difficult for user to navigate through the site efficiently.

Use headings for:

  • The structure of page content
  • Sections and sub-sections of an article
  • Navigation menus
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Any other consistent sections that users may want to find or skip


Affects:Accessibility (WCAG 2 Level AA, 2.4.6)
Technical Details: The checkpoint examines the entire HTML source code of a page and reports if any of the header elements are identical.

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