It is important to logically organize your page and use header tags (h1, h2, h3, h4) to help screen reader users navigate your content. By using a proper heading structure a screen reader can skim and hear an outline of the page's main ideas, then backtrack to read the parts. Without headings, this method of skimming through content is impossible. Screen readers also use a different tone of voice when reading heading elements.

Examples of Headings  An example of properly used headings

The logical order starts with Heading 1 (h1) and works down to Heading 6 (h6):

  • The page title is automatically a Heading 1
  • The next header on the page should be given the format of Heading 2
  • Content related to the Heading 2, but with its own header is given the style of an Heading 3 and so on

Formatting Headings  How to format headings

  1. Select the text you would like to format by simply clicking inside the line you would like to format
  2. In the Paragraph Format dropdown choose the appropriate heading style

Note: The first heading on a page will always be a Heading 2

Recommendations:

  • Your most important sections should be given the format of Heading 2
  • Do not skip heading levels. Don't jump from Heading 2 to Heading 4, for example. Listeners will likely never reach Heading 4 headings is no Heading 3 headings exist.
  • Do not use headings to style text. Use style and font attributes such as bold and italics.