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Headings – Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines

Accessibility GSA Section 508
Headings and Labels>

Headings and Labels #

Headings and labels describe topic or purpose. (Level AA).

Refer to WebAIM’s Using Headings for Content Structure.

Content/Design Considerations

  • Provide descriptive headings for sections of content for content structure.
Info and Relationships>

Info and Relationships #

Information, structure, and relationships conveyed through presentation can be programmatically determined or are available in text. (Level A)

Development Considerations

  • Assign headings structure and heading levels to headings.
    • Best Practice: Do not skip heading levels or go out of sequence. If the default size of the headings is too big for the look you have in mind, use styles to change the size, rather than jumping down to a lower heading level.
  • Do not use heading tags


    for non-heading content