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But if I understand correctly, HTML5 allows for multiple <hx> tree hierarchies per page. So, for instance, the first heading in a <section> halfway down the page can be <h1>.
I use H1 as the TITLE of the page, as it was semantically intended. Period. Never failed me yet. But back in the old days the Hn series was traditionally, and tragically, used as FONT LAYOUT. That practice has persisted to this day. Wrong way to use it... but very understandable as humans---and webmasters in particular---are pretty lazy folks. :)
When you're reading something like a blog (from any big-name CMS) with multiple articles on the same page, is each article an <h1>? That kind of thing would be standardized, so if it occurs once, it occurs millions of times.
but if matt cutts says its alright having multiple H1's, and it makes sense to have them without being spammy, then i think i'm going to go for it.
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July 10, 2007 If you look at the tags from a "human" perspective, you could compare them to a book. An <h1> would represent the title of a chapter while <h2>-<h6> represents the sub-chapters as in a Table Of Contents.
If you are looking for something specific, you first go to the chapter, but it is the sub-chapter where you will find exactly what you want. Does this make an <h1> tag less important? I cannot say for sure, but IMHO, if any SE looks at a page as a human would, I believe the 2-6 tags are more specific to search and finding what you want. [webmasterworld.com...]
andSept 26, 2001 Braille readers and speech synthesizers emphasize things depending on the tag. As such, <b> has a different connotation than <strong>. They see <b> as a bolded word and <strong> as an important word.
With the <H> tag, they should follow a specific order within the category they cover. Say your category has header section and four subsections and your first <H> tag is <H2>. The next for the subsections should be <H3> or something smaller: <H4>, <H5> or <H6>. All the subsections can be the same <H> tag, but you shouldn't go <H3> then <H4> then back to <H3> because it will interpret the <H4> as a new section. Make sense? Since I tend to give visual examples - I use to be a teacher among other things - it goes like this:
NEW TOPIC -
and so on....
WAI also emphasizes not to use <H> tags merely to bold things. [webmasterworld.com...]
These are as relevant today as they were when originally posted.
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