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Re: heading as child of another heading - valid?


From: Tomlins Diane
Date: Mar 30, 2018 1:22PM

> Is it possible that that markup is modified by scripting, so that's not what Nu saw?
Nope, there's no scripting affecting this code. I even copy/pasted in the completely rendered code, same results.

>(And what's up with those heading levels? Should it actually be an H2, or an H4? Or H-something-else-entirely?)
Well.. yes, the heading levels are all out of whack too, that's just another battle I fight every day with our field people.

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Tomlins Diane

Sent: Friday, March 30, 2018 2:31 PM


Subject: [WebAIM] heading as child of another heading - valid?

I ran into this bit of code the other day on one of our sites (for an accordion, which is bad enough in and of itself):

<h4 class="panel-title">

<a data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapseImage1" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseImage1">

<img class="centered" alt="" src="/util/images/campaigns/virtual-care/header.png">

<h2 style="text-align: center;">Healthcare excellence at your fingertips. <i aria-hidden="true" class="icon-plus-sign-2"></i></h2>



An H2 nested INSIDE an H4. When I ran it through the Nu validator, it didn't flag this nesting as an error, not even a warning. Why is this not flagged??

I found some old references on the web where the older validator DID flag it with " Heading cannot be a child of another heading", so is it somehow not an issue any longer? I've been writing HTML for a very long time, and I would flag this as invalid.

Does this cause any issues for AT? I only have NVDA as my frame of reference.


Diane R Tomlins

HCA IT&S | Digital Media

Accessibility SME