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Headings and WCAG2 compliance (1.3.1) [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

From: Miller, Steve MR 1 <steve.miller1@defence.gov.au>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:52:40 +1000
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Could someone please advise whether a page containing two <h1> tags is WCAG2 compliant?

Technically to follow the principles of semantic markup and a hierarchical structure, a <H1> tag should not be the child of another <H1> tag.

Also and probably more important (the subject of many robust discussions) - can site navigation elements be marked up as headings?  This seems to fail WCAG2 compliance as the navigation heading technically does not belong to (is a child of) the Content heading.   Although useful having a list of navigation elements available through the headings, if a user is not familiar with the site then they are unlikely to differentiate content from navigation, or at least find it very confusing.


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