It is important publishers follow the correct heading style structure to uphold the University’s accessibility standards of a AA compliance rating. Correct heading styles are also very important for good search engine optimisation (SEO). Headings should be used in the following order:
- h1 (page name - automatically generated when a page is created)
- h2 (should always be the first sub-heading on a page)
- h3 (follows a h2 - if you do not have a h2 already on your page, do not use a h3)
- h4 (follows a h3)
- h5 (follows a h4)
- h6 (follows a h5)
Headings should always be used logically to break content into sections and sub-sections.
Do not use a header for body copy - if you want to emphasise a point, use bold or italics instead. Headers are only for logical headings that break up the body copy.
Download the attached instructions for adding the correct heading styles.
To add a header class:
1. Select the heading inside a WYSIWYG content container on the Content screen of your page. Press the H button and select the appropriate header class.
How each heading class looks on a page: