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About headings and accessibility

Headings can be used by assistive technology and search engines if they are correctly made in the background code. Since headings are usually have a different appearance to other text content, they can help people browse the page and understand the content, because it is visually divided into easy-to-see sections.

Single A

Making headings

Headings must be made with the heading tag; h1, h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6. Each heading should have a proper hierarchy, with headings at a higher number identifying sub-sections.

In the UWCMS

Start your headings at h2 and below when you are making a page, because h1 is already used as the page title.

Making the purpose of your headings clear

Headings should be descriptive. This means putting the most important information at the beginning of the heading.

Operating headings in a webpage

Organise the information in a page using headings. If you do this, people using screen readers can browse the page as a list of headings, so they can get an idea of the content without having to listen to the whole page. They can also move from one heading to another, so headings should identify each block of content.

Double A

No specific requirements.

Triple A

No specific requirements.