Concept 1: Creating Logically Structured Headings

Importance of Headings

  • Headings are important visually. They are equally important for navigation via a screen reader.
  • Different heading levels help the reader easily identify and navigate to a title, a section, or a subsection with the use of key commands.
  • Logically arranged headings help organize content and create a visual/mental outline of the document.

 

Creating accessible headings

  1. Select the text you wish to use as a heading.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, select a heading style (for example, Heading 1 or Heading 2).

 

You can also use key commands to create the different headings. Pressing Alt + Control + 1 creates a level 1 heading, pressing Alt + Control + 2 creates a level 2 heading, and so forth.

Example of Home/Style/Headings dialogue box

Click here to see how a screen reader easily navigates logically structured headings

 

Since it is as important to create the headings, as it is to structure them logically, let us take a look at an example on how to logically nest headings, and an easy way to visually check the headings in your document.

 

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