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Re: Use of <H> tag in PDF

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From: Michael Moore
Date: Aug 29, 2013 1:34PM


Just as with HTML screen readers that I have used (JAWS, NVDA, Window Eyes)
allow you to jump to specific levels of headings and in lists of headings
will specify the level giving the user more information about the structure
of the document. Best practice is to use the numbered headings. It is
important to nest heading levels correctly.


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Chagnon | PubCom < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Thanks, Duff.
> My thoughts are similar and I wanted to get another opinion before replying
> to my client.
> Although our testers could voice <H>, they said it didn't give them enough
> of the information they wanted that <H1> does.
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> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Duff Johnson
> Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:19 AM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Use of <H> tag in PDF
>
> > Trying to get clarification for a client who was instructed by his
> > agency's accessibility office to use the <H> tag in PDFs, not <H1>, <H2>,
> etc.
> >
> > <H> is a predefined accessibility tag in Acrobat, but does anyone
> > actually use it? If so, are there any drawbacks to using it for all
> > headings or maybe just the top-level heading or title of a document?
>
> The correct use of the <H> tag in PDF depends on valid nesting of the tag
> tree. For this reason (among others) I do not believe that <H> is as
> well-supported by today's AT as are enumerated headings (corrections are
> welcome).
>
> > I think the client was misguided and should use <H1>, <H2>, etc., but
> > he's afraid of getting cited for not obeying his agency's "rules."
>
> No-one's "rules" should require the use of <H> over <H#>; that's absurd.
> H2,
> H3, etc. are *certainly* safer than <H> in terms of AT support.
>
> > Maybe another way to ask my question is: Do you think it is wrong to
> > use <H> for either the title of a document or all the headings in a
> document?
>
> Yes.
>
> HTH
>
> Duff.
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> > > >