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NYU LibGuide Accessibility

A comprehensive resource for achieving digital accessibility best practice for NYU Libraries Research Guides.


UNC School of Medicine's WebGuide on Accessibility states:

Headings are used to separate content on a web page into meaningful sections. They give structure to a page and simplify page readability. Site visitors look at headings when scanning a page for content. They can easily determine where new topics are introduced and find what they’re interested in. Headers describe what’s on your page, so make sure they’re descriptive and compelling. Well-structured headings also improve search engine optimization.

  • Well-written headings are an important tool for helping users scan quickly.
  • The ability to scan quickly is particularly important for older adults because they tend to stop scanning and start reading more frequently. If headings are not descriptive or plentiful enough, the user may start reading in places that do not offer the information they are seeking, thereby slowing them down unnecessarily.
  • Use Unique and Descriptive Headings – ensure that headings are descriptive and relate to the content they introduce. If headings are too similar to one another, users may have to hesitate and re-read to decipher the difference.

Heading levels are used in the body of the text, and in logical order

  • Double check that your box titles are all visible (no floating box titles)
  • Box titles are H2, any subheadings within that content box should go in order starting from H3, H4, H5.
  • This makes it easier for screen reader users to scan the content
  • Use the rich text editor to select the proper heading level

LibGuide Help Center Resources:


Heading 1 = Page/Tab Title (heading level not available in Rich Text editor)

Heading 2 = Box Title (heading level not available in Rich Text Editor)

Heading 3

Additional content 

This the first available heading level in the Rich Text Editor. You can also include a list:

  • List item 
  • List item

Or you can include a numbered list:

  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2

Heading 4

This will add a sub-section under heading 3. It can also include lists, as can any heading after:

  • List item
    • List sub item
    • List sub item
  • List item
Heading 5

Sub-sub section

Heading 6

Sub-sub-sub section

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