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Accessible headings assist the web audience scan and navigate information.  When a web page has the correct heading markup, screen readers have the functionality to list page headings and sub-headings. Assistive technology users can then easily navigate and scan information, much the same as non-assistive technology users do.

Why Use Accessible Headings?

For all audiences including the assistive technology audience, the appropriate use of headings and sub-headings increases the scannability, usability and functionality of web content. 

The assistive technology audience that uses screen readers to access and navigate web content, headings and sub-headings use headings as a tool to understand site architecture, page structure, organization and to scan information.

Best Practices for Accessible Headings

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