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RE: Arguments for Use of Legitimate Heading Tags

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 19:15:29 +0100
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Message-ID: <NDBBLCBLIMDOPKMOPHLHAEOPFBAA.jon@spin.ie>

> So, it comes down to this:  I'm wondering who besides
> screen reader users benefits from the use of real heading
> tags in documents.  I'd be interested in this group's thoughts.

Well first off coders use headings. Compare the following just as code:

<h1>Lorem ipsum</h1>
<h2>Dolor sit amet</h2>
<p>adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore
magna aliqua.</p>

or

<div class="mainHeading">Lorem ipsum</div>
<div class="subHeading">Dolor sit amet</div>
<p>adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore
magna aliqua.</p>

And I'm being quite tight in this, I've seen much worse than the second
example. Which would your rather edit? Which would your rather design, or
redesign the CSS for? Which would you rather build a piece of software to
handle (thinking hear more of an in-house tool that does something with
pages where the programmer knows the format, rather than general HTML
tools), or a piece of software to produce.
If someone handed me something like the second example I would have a few
words to say to them that I won't repeat here and then I'd make them code it
properly rather than waste my time working out what they were trying to do.

Another group is people who use text-only browsers. Another is
search-engines.

Another is "scrapers" producing different formats of the content.

Another is people who use user stylesheets. How many user stylesheets do you
think use them same conventions for class names as you do?
Received on Friday, 9 May 2003 14:09:37 GMT

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