[Athen] at what point do you need headings?

Tristen Breitenfeldt (Wipro Ltd.) tristenbreitenfeldt at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 16:26:01 PDT 2018

Hi Krista,

In general, headings denote sections, chapters, articles, and topics in
electronic documents (including Word docs, PDFs, and web pages). Think of a
newspaper. Where would you find headings in a newspaper?

In some cases however, specifically when preparing more specialized
documents such as syllabi for college students, a study guide, or the parts
of a lesson on a single page of a course in an LMS, it is better to "break
up" the content using hierarchical heading structure in a way that promotes
a natural reading flow through the material. This might mean grouping
similar topics under one heading or even creating sub-topics using different
heading levels. In the case of a textbook, you would have your standard
chapter and section headings, but you may also create headings for side
bars, notes, key terms, footnotes, etc. It really depends on the content and
how it is being used.


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