[Athen] Question about headings

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Tue Jan 18 10:23:40 PST 2022

Keep in mind that PDF supports only 6 levels of headings, H1 through 6. If
the content has h7, H8 or more, it will need to be mapped to H6 in a program
like Acrobat. Otherwise it might show up as just a plain P tag.

They'll work in Word, just need to be remediated in PDF.

Cheers, Karen

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf
Of Susan Kelmer
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:56 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Question about headings

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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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


<mailto:allison.r.swanson at colostate.edu> allison.r.swanson at colostate.edu

edu> Assistive Technology Resource Center

<https://accessibility.colostate.edu/> Accessibility By Design

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