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<h1> or <h5>?

Is there really a difference?

     
7:40 am on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there really a big difference between <h1> and <h5>?
And is there any proof of this?
7:13 am on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I really have no proof, but I would say that there is most definitely a difference. I sometimes use <h1> at the top of a page, then later on for sub-catagories a <h2> This is what the heading tags are intended for, and what search engines look for.

Multiple <h1> tags usually set off a red flag for search engines (not that you were planning on using them) but I don't know for sure, I have no proof that a <h1> tag is more powerful than a <h5> tag.

7:46 am on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And is there any proof of this?

From the W3C Recommendations Page

There are six levels of headings from H1 (the most important) to H6 (the least important).