Use h1-h6 instead of heading-like styles Accessibility Checkpoint


Use HTML headings instead of applying CSS heading styles to non-headings.


Screen reader users rely on headings to navigate within pages. Either add role=heading with aria-level or use h1-h6 elements to identify the element as a heading to screen readers.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 6.52 Apr 2024 Fixed false positive.
  • 6.51 Dec 2023 Improved detection.
  • 6.41 Jul 2021 Improved detection.
  • 5.37 May 2020 Improved detection.
  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.5 May 2014 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.0 Oct 2012 Don’t fire on elements with heading-like CSS styles enclosing a heading element.
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccWcag2-F2-1