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Re: H1 before or after left nav menu?


From: Chaals McCathie Nevile
Date: Jan 28, 2016 10:43AM

On Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:15:09 +0100, Joseph Sherman
< <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> On a web page does it matter if the h1 tag is before or after a left nav
> menu?
> Page is structured as follows:
> 1) Top level navigation and search
> 2) Breadcrumbs
> 3) H1 tag = page title
> 4) Left navigation menu
> 5) Page text and content
> On one hand, it seems a little annoying that after going to H1 a user
> would have to go through a left navigation on each page. On the other
> hand, skipping left navigation means they miss all those choices.

If you can get directly to the main content, and the page heading is the
same as the title, then I *suspect* it doesn't matter much which order you
go in. Unless you *want* to get to the navigation it doesn't arise.

Out of curiosity, what is in the left navigation block? Links around the
page itself? or more navigation around the site?

> Regardless of where H1 goes, 'skip to content' link should go directly
> to Page Text and Content, correct?

Correct. Which should also be wrapped in a main element, for people with
useful modern software.


Charles McCathie Nevile - web standards - CTO Office, Yandex
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