Use headings to convey the structure of a webpage or file to people who are blind or visually impaired users of screen readers.
Hierarchical order is important for making a webpage or file digitally accessible. Users of screen readers rely on headings to understand the organizational structure of the page. Typically, the platform you are using, such as the Canvas learning management system or Microsoft Word, will have a means for you to create headings (or styles).
In the example below, the appearance of the heading and subheadings relies on more than just the use of boldface, a larger font, or other attributes. The author applied Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 as appropriate for the topics.
To bring organizational structure to your Canvas webpage, use the toolbar, or Rich Content Editor, to create headings with one click.
See Add and Modify Text in the Rich Content Editor (Canvas) for an illustrated guide.
The Styles area of the toolbar, or Ribbon, is where you can apply headings in Word.
See Add a Heading (MS Word) for an illustrated guide.