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DQM Checkpoints and Standards

Checkpoints - PDFs - Documents should have a meaningful title specified

A descriptive title for a PDF document can be specified for assistive technology by using the /Title entry in the document information dictionary and by setting the DisplayDocTitle flag to True in a viewer preferences dictionary. Document titles identify the current location without requiring users to read or interpret page content.

Checklist for PDF creation and management:

  • When saving documents to PDF always specify that they should be ‘tagged’
  • Give your PDF a descriptive title – this will appear in search results
  • Specify the document language in the document properties
  • Generate a table of contents
  • Run the in-built accessibility tool within Acrobat
  • Avoid using scanned documents to make PDFs


Affects Accessibility (See WCAG 2, 2.4.2.), SEO, Usability.
Technical Details The checkpoint reviews the properties of the document and will flag if the title is not set. Please note that this checkpoint does not look at the title of the pdf download link.

Understanding Success Criterion 2.4.2: Page Titled

PDF18: Specifying the document title using the Title entry in the document information dictionary of...


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