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RE: More than one h1 tag

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:33:33 +0100
To: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>,WAI Interest Group list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20091130123333.M5263@ieee.org>
I'm in agreement with AWK - the specs do not forbid the use of multiple <H1>s.
However, in practice it will make sense to only use one <H1> per page - this
should describe the primary subject of the page - in the same way as a printed
or Word-processed document would only have one top-level heading, normally the
title of the document. 
For what it's worth: I use <H2> to describe the page (including primary /
secondary navigation / main content area title); and <H3> as the paragraph or
section headings. Headings, properly nested, helps provide context to
speechreader users and allow them to quickly navigate around the page, jumping
to different zones on the page, or jumping from one <H2> to the next <H2>, etc. 

Now just to make sure that none of this discussion relains relevant, we'll see
a brand new structure in XHTML 2/ HTML 5 when the H element will assume the
characteristics of H1 or other Hn element based on it's position in the
hierarchy of the document. 

Kind regards

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---------- Original Message -----------
From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
To: WAI Interest Group list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:48:36 -0800
Subject: RE: More than one h1 tag

> I'd disagree with that statement - http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/NOTE-
> WCAG20-TECHS-20081211/G141.html indicates that authors _should_ 
> follow the structure you indicate, but nothing that says that they 
> _must_.  "Should" indicates that it is generally regarded as 
> important, but if you are evaluating a site for WCAG 2.0 there is 
> nothing in the recommendation that says that a page with three H1's 
> would fail, provided that the page structure corresponds to that.
> Thanks,
> Andrew Kirkpatrick
> Senior Product Manager, Accessibility
> Adobe Systems
> akirkpat@adobe.com<mailto:akirkpatrick@adobe.com>
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] 
> On Behalf Of Andy Laws Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 11:22 AM To: 
> WAI Interest Group list Subject: More than one h1 tag
> Dear All
> in the event of a page having more than 1 h1 tag can i confirm that 
> this breaks guidling  1.3.1 of WCAG 2.0 as this not a meaningful sequence
> Reagrds
> Andy
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