Use headings to break up text and make pages easier to scan.

Types of Headings

Topic headings describe the content in a section.

  • BC Public Service Coaches

Question headings let users know they will find an answer to a question.

  • How Do I Get Involved?

Statement headings let users know they will learn how to do something.

  • How to Use This Guide

Formatting Headings

Keep H1 and H2 headings accurate and concise. 

  • Instead of “Apply” write “Apply for Medical Insurance”

Format headings in order: H1, H2, H3, H4. Do not skip from H2 to H4.

Use an ampersand (&) in place of "and" in all headings.

Never link headings. Never format with bold or italics.

Don't add spaces above, below or before heading text.

Title or Sentence Case

Use title case for H1 and H2 headings and headings in right-column boxes. Capitalize all words except

  • Prepositions (in, on)
  • Coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) of less than four letters
  • Articles (a, an, the)

Words that remain lower case include

  • a, by, or, an, for, the, and, in, to, at, of, up, but, on

Use sentence case for H3 and H4 headings. Capitalize the first word and proper nouns.

[H1] Aboriginal Justice

[H2] Justice B.C. Services

[H3] Custody, sentencing & corrections support

[H3] Adult offender corrections support

[H4] How do you apply for support?

If the heading contains a hyphenated word, only capitalize the first part.

  • Post-secondary Education