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RE: [#925] mandatory H1

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 18:30:45 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0408251804080.15713@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> I concur.  Heading tags should be used per specifications.
> I've pointed it our previously that HTML and XHTML 1.0 &
> 1.1 specifications ignore the point.

What point?

URL, please.

> However HTML Mobile specifications require the proper use of heading 
> tags.

URL, please.

> XHTML2 as Jens points out does require the proper use of
> heading tags.

URL, please.

> Therefore, WCAG2 should follow suit and require heading tags to be 
> properly used.

No. Valid, semantic code is all we can require, and is already vastly more 
than 99.6% of the Web offers. There is no need to micromanage. If you push 
on this, I'll insist we write a guideline about <samp>.

> I would also add a definition that heading tags cannot be used to 
> declare font sizes. It may also be prudent, due to the lack of 
> understanding from SEO consultants, that heading tag appearance can be 
> altered to meet the design requirements as long as there is a size 
> difference between other heading tags and standard text.

No. The page author may use any style he or she desires. There are more 
ways to distinguish headings than size (what about colour, as mentioned in 
another of those mutually-contradictory recent messages?). You cannot 
uniformly declare there are *no* cases where you do *not* need to 
distinguish headings from text in terms of size. BTW, how *does* a size 
difference work in Braille?


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