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TERMINALFOUR (T4) Tip 25: Web Page Headings

Intended Audience:       Contributors and Moderators

TIP: Structuring web page headings to help all users

Explanation: The headings on your web pages aid readers to not only quickly locate the information they seek, but also better understand how content is prioritized. In addition, for web visitors using a screen reader, headings establish a non-visual cue concerning structure of the content presented.

For these reasons, it’s important to choose headings based on function rather than how the text looks. That is, headings should not be used as a means by which to increase or decrease the text size throughout your web page. Keep in mind that the title of all UF/IFAS websites is an ‘H1.’ Therefore, subsequent headings should be ‘H2’ or lower.

Example: 

In the column body section of the t4 page editor, you may observe headings used by placing your cursor directly on the text. In general, headings smaller than ‘H4’ should be avoided. That’s because such content is difficult to read, and might be overlooked by visitors to your web pages.

Example: 

Be sure to preview your web pages before publishing to ensure content displays correctly. Adjust as necessary.