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Headings describe the section they introduce. Correct use of headings is especially important for assistive technology users.

  • Why it's important

    Lalit is blind and uses a screen reader to navigate the web. Lalit hears an outline of the page's main ideas, then backtracks to read the most interesting parts.

Steps to take

  1. Use heading styles to define your section headings. For all online publications, use heading style h2 as the highest section level and heading style h6 as the lowest.
  2. Avoid skipping heading levels: Always start with h2, use h3 next, and so on.
  3. Use only one h1 per page or online document for the page title. This is because some screen reader users have difficulty understanding structure when multiple h1s are used.

Supporting resources

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

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Last update: 1 October 2019, editorial review.