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Re: Does WCAG require headings start at 1?


From: Barry
Date: Jul 24, 2021 3:20AM

I agree with Lisa... mostly. There is some argument for having a h2 for the breadcrumb, which is usually above the start of content.



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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Does WCAG require headings start at 1?

I take a whole different view, and ignore WCAG. Everyone I have known who uses a screen reader every day wanted a Heading 1 on the page at the top and as the first heading. So I always advise clients to do this...Plus, for me, headings were given numbers to indicate importance, otherwise what is the point of the numbers? People who are blind, Deaf-Blind and low vision have told me over the years that they have to figure out what the developer or content person was trying to do, and they have enough barriers thrown at them every day on social media platforms, websites, documents, etc. I do many things that aren't WCAG, including checking for colour blindness combinations, since we have had simulators since 2000.

Others do things differently than me.



On Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 4:40 PM Krista Greear < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Perhaps this question is a bit silly but I'm looking for confirmation
> -
> Is there any where in the WCAG that says that web page headings need
> to start with an h1? There are numerous examples on the W3's site that
> have headings start with an h2.
> Thanks!
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