3.1 Headings | HTML

Headings are an essential part of any HTML document. They define the structure and hierarchy of the content, making it easier for both users and search engines to understand the document's organization.

HTML provides six levels of headings, from <h1> to <h6>, with <h1> being the highest (or most important) level and <h6> being the lowest.

Basic Usage of Headings

Headings are used to create titles and subtitles that organize content into sections and subsections. Here's how each heading level is typically used:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>Heading Examples</title>
</head>
<body>
    <h1>Main Heading (h1)</h1>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the main heading.</p>
    <h2>Subheading (h2)</h2>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the subheading.</p>
    <h3>Sub-subheading (h3)</h3>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-subheading.</p>
    <h4>Sub-sub-subheading (h4)</h4>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-subheading.</p>
    <h5>Sub-sub-sub-subheading (h5)</h5>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-sub-subheading.</p>
    <h6>Sub-sub-sub-sub-subheading (h6)</h6>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-sub-sub-subheading.</p>
</body>
</html>

Semantic Structure and Accessibility

Headings not only provide visual structure but also enhance the semantic structure of the document. Screen readers and other assistive technologies rely on headings to navigate and understand the content.

Using headings properly ensures that your content is accessible to all users.

    • <h1>: There should typically be only one <h1> element per page, representing the main topic.

    • <h2> to <h6>: These elements are used for subsections. Their usage should follow a logical, hierarchical order.

Example of Proper Heading Structure

Consider a document that discusses a topic with several subtopics:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>Document Structure Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <h1>Introduction to HTML</h1>
      <p>This section introduces HTML.</p>
    <h2>What is HTML?</h2>
      <p>HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language.</p>
    <h2>Basic Structure of an HTML Document</h2>
      <p>Every HTML document has a basic structure...</p>
    <h3>Head Section</h3>
      <p>The head section contains metadata...</p>
    <h3>Body Section</h3>
      <p>The body section contains the visible content...</p>
    <h2>Common HTML Elements</h2>
      <p>HTML has many common elements such as paragraphs, links, and images...</p>
    <h3>Paragraphs</h3>
      <p>The paragraph element is used to define blocks of text...</p>
    <h3>Links</h3>
      <p>The link element is used to create hyperlinks...</p>
    <h3>Images</h3>
      <p>The image element is used to embed images...</p>
</body>
</html>

Styling Headings with CSS

Headings can be styled using CSS to match the design of your website. Here’s an example of how to apply CSS styles to headings:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>Styled Headings Example</title>
    <style>
        h1 {
            font-size: 2.5em;
            color: navy;
        }
        h2 {
            font-size: 2em;
            color: darkslategray;
        }
        h3 {
            font-size: 1.75em;
            color: darkcyan;
        }
        h4 {
            font-size: 1.5em;
            color: teal;
        }
        h5 {
            font-size: 1.25em;
            color: seagreen;
        }
        h6 {
            font-size: 1em;
            color: darkgreen;
        }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <h1>Main Heading (h1)</h1>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the main heading.</p>
    <h2>Subheading (h2)</h2>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the subheading.</p>
    <h3>Sub-subheading (h3)</h3>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-subheading.</p>
    <h4>Sub-sub-subheading (h4)</h4>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-subheading.</p>
    <h5>Sub-sub-sub-subheading (h5)</h5>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-sub-subheading.</p>
    <h6>Sub-sub-sub-sub-subheading (h6)</h6>
      <p>This is a paragraph under the sub-sub-sub-sub-subheading.</p>
</body>
</html>

In this example, each heading level is styled with a different font size and color, creating a clear visual hierarchy.

Summary

Headings (<h1> to <h6>) are crucial for structuring HTML documents, providing both visual and semantic organization. Proper use of headings ensures accessibility and improves user experience by creating a logical flow of content.

By combining headings with CSS, you can also enhance the visual presentation to align with your website's design.

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