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Headings help everyone quickly scan through and find the content they want. Correct use of headings is especially important for assistive technology users.
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
- 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.
- Do not use choose heading levels based on their style/look. Consider the heading structure of the page first to prevent confusing or illogical heading structures.
- Screen reader and sighted user's often skim links, so the first few words of a link are particularly important. Start with the most meaningful words and try to limit the number of words to a maximum of 4 or 5.
- Avoid skipping heading levels: Always start with h2, use h3 next, and so on.
- 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.