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The great h1 debate

just one? what about the content?!? maybe two then...

1:35 pm on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This issue seems to be getting lots of attention lately and few seem to agree. I'd like to note that my interest in this is split equally between semantics and SEO. I'd like to discuss both here if possible.

Is it proper to use more then one h1 tag per page? Looking at this from a semantic perspective I would say no. However i have always used two h1 tags in on my sites. One to contain the logo(with alt tag) and one for the article title (the same as "a list apart" does).

But this is two titles! Surely this is confusing for a person with a screen reader.

I would think that the important thing is the content isn't it? That's the reason people are reading the page in the first place, right? It deserves the Google Juice! Surely the actual name of the article shouldn't be demoted to a h2, but then again, isn't that what the title tag is for?

A book doesn't have a cover for every chapter.

From a webosophical stand point, are pages just isolated entities on the internetz(sic) or are they grouped by the hierarchy of their containing site? Is content more important then brand? These are certainly relative to individual objective but would it really be better to just jam the logo into a meaningless div at the top of the page?

Here are a couple of interesting articles to be published recently on the subject. Most people seem to disagree with my long used approach.


What are peoples thoughts on this issue? I am very interested to hear.

[edited by: encyclo at 2:13 pm (utc) on May 1, 2007]
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2:06 pm on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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1:32 pm on May 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Apparently it will still be 'valid' even if you use more than 1 H1 tag, but my own view is that it doesn't make much semantic sense to have multiple H1's.

I use one H1 tag as the page title, and any sub-headings are H2, if theres a sub-sub-heading then I use H3, but I've never yet had to use H4 for any site I've worked on.


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