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Re: Heading order/nesting - was RE: H1 header in iframe


From: Jared Smith
Date: Aug 26, 2010 8:24AM

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 7:19 AM, Langum, Michael J wrote:

> What is your best thinking about these headings BEFORE the <h1 id="PageTitle">Page Title</h1>?

Some will say that because you are not supposed to skip heading levels
that this is somehow inappropriate. I've yet to see anything in
accessibility or coding standards that indicates you can't do this.
The WebAIM site and many others have a similar structure with no
apparent issues. This allows direct access to the main content. In
most screen readers, just hit the 1 key and you're at the main
content. The logo/site name should probably be the <h1> on the home

Interestingly, the new w3.org site uses two <h1>s on content page -
one for the logo and one for the document heading. If users generally
expect one <h1> to be at the beginning of the main content, there's a
possibility this could result in some confusion.

Jared Smith