Organizing your page with helpful titles and headings creates an outline that helps your audience access the most important information more quickly and easily.
Assistive technology users rely heavily on page titles and headings to navigate complex content. Structuring complex content will help all users parse it as well. Headings allow users to jump from one part of a document to another without using a mouse. Screen readers will interpret headings for those who use them.
Note that for this reason, you should not use headings for typographical effects. If you need to increase or decrease the font size of large blocks of text, please use the Normal Paragraph Format and select a new Font size from the Size menu, or use Styles.
Assistive technology users rely on page titles. You will run across the need to specify this when you are creating a page in the Lessons tool or an HTML page in the Resources tool. The title of the new document will be the same as the name of the item as it appears on the left-hand tool menu or the list in Resources.
Using color or spatial position to convey important information can be problematic. For example, if you were to say, "click the green button on the left," color blind users may not be able to distinguish the button. Screen reader users may have difficulty interpreting "left" because a screen reader reads from the top of the page to the bottom, as well as left to right. Therefore, the best solution is to quote the target label: for example, "Click on Start Assignment," or "Click the Save button."
If a document can be outlined or you have an outline in mind when writing it, then adding headings will convey its structure. Use short title-like headings that describe the content that follows.
Nest headings appropriately:
Using the right style to format a bit of text is very helpful as it "codes" it appropriately. The following types of formatting are all available in the Styles menu:
If you are curious to see what these do, add one and switch to Source view. The Inline Quotation style will use <q>, which will signify the opening of an inline quotation. Cited Work will create an element that presents itself as such. Conversely, avoid using these special formats to achieve a typographical effect. For example, Cited Work produces italic text, but it would be confusing to a screen reader if you used it just to italicize text for emphasis.