[Athen] Question about headings

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Tue Jan 18 09:55:32 PST 2022

My screenreading students appreciate the headings. They are okay with three levels - H1, H2, H3, but if we need deeper we should do it.

Here's the thing about headings, though...they help make a consistent output and a visually pleasing document, and a document that will work well for sighted AND non-sighted users. They are also easier than adding bolding, centering, color, and sizing individually to different parts of the text.

I have trouble understanding why anyone would fight an efficient process with a beautiful outcome.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
Division of Student Affairs
T 303 735 4836

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Swanson,Allison
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:51 AM
To: 'ATHENS ' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Question about headings

Hello All,

We're having some debate on our campus about whether it's ok to skip heading levels or not. I've always understood that it was best not to, but WCAG doesn't explicitly state this. What is the consensus from actual screen reader users?


Allison Swanson
AT-IT Coordinator & Accessibility Facilitator
308 Occupational Therapy Building
allison.r.swanson at colostate.edu<mailto:allison.r.swanson at colostate.edu>

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