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Heading Structure (H1)

Heading structure is crucial for document accessibility because it provides a way for individuals with disabilities, such as visual impairments or cognitive disabilities, to navigate and understand the content of a document more effectively. Heading structure refers to the use of heading tags, such as H1, H2, H3, etc., to organize the content of a document into a hierarchical structure.

Correct ordering of headlines and subheads will be denoted in parentheses throughout this page in proper usage and order. For example, the headline above is noted as the H1, or main headline. There should be only one H1 headline at the top of each page. Subheadings begin with H2 for section headlines and H3, H4, and so forth for subsequent headings. You will notice that the size and style will vary depending on the subhead.

Resources (H2)

Benefits (H3)

  • Improved Navigation for Screen Reader Users.
  • Ensures efficient Keyboard Navigation.
  • Improved Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Benefits.
  • Improves Consistency and Readability.
  • Compliance with Accessibility Guidelines.

Best Practices (H3)

  • Check for one level-1 heading on every page.
  • Begin every page section or topic with an heading.
  • Verify that all headings heading text serves a proper function and are not simply used for appearance.
  • Arrange the heading hierarchy in a meaningful order:
    • Headings should not skip levels.
    • Each heading level should correctly indicate its relationship to other sections.