Heading Structure

People who use assistive technologies such as screen readers are able to browse through the "sections" of a website only through the use of headings and sub-headings (h1-h6) that give an invisible structure to the page. Without headings, web resources appear as one long paragraph to screen reader users. Consequently, locating and understanding information is difficult.

How should I use headers?

  • When you structure the page with headers, start with having the same content for the page title and the H1.
  • For each of the main sections of the page, label them as H2's and subsections as H3's and each subsection under that H4 and lower as needed.

View Best Practices for Headings for more information.