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Heading Structure Guidance to Make Content Better & Accessible

Here's why content is better with headings

Headings allow those visiting your content to see the structure more easily. It allows screen readers to identify the structure and read it aloud.

When you create proper heading structure, it automatically generates a table of contents that you can insert into your document.

When you use heading structure, in Google docs, it creates a handy, dandy outline view in your document.

In Google docs, every heading has its own hyperlink. This makes it super easy to link someone to a specific section of your content. 

Heading basics

Heading 1

Heading 1 is the heading for the page. It often is also the title of the page and tells users what the page is about. 

Heading 2 helps organize content into sections. 

Heading 3 down to heading 6 are subsections of the prior heading. A subsection of heading 2 would be heading 3. A subsection of heading 3 is heading 4. This goes all the way to heading 6. 

It’s important to keep your headings in chronological order. Never skip a heading.

Learn more about accessible content

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines provide detailed information on how to create accessible content in a number of ways. Visit the guidelines to learn more about the guidelines in general or headings in particular.

cross posted at The Innovative Educator 

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several booksand her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times,The Wall Street JournalTech&Learning, and T.H.E. Journal.