Tip #2: Use headings properly

  • Headings communicate document structure.
  • They help screen reader users, search engines, and more.
  • Headings should form an outline of the page (H1 = the main page heading, H2 = secondary headings, etc.).
  • Nearly all document authoring tools supporting headings at various levels.

Adding headings in CK Editor

Screen shot of CK Editor, a web-based rich text editor, which includes an option to set various heading levels

Adding headings in HTML

<h1>This is the main heading</h1>
<h2>This is a secondary heading</h2>
<h2>This is another secondary heading</h2>

Adding headings in Word

Adding headings in Word 2011 using Heading 1 and Heading 2 style buttons on the ribbon

Adding headings in Acrobat

Changing text to Heading Level 1 in Acrobat by selecting Properties on a particular tag within the Tag Inspector