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
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 headings.
Never link headings that have more than three words, and only link H3 or H4 formatted headings.
Never format headings with bold or italics. H tags include formatting.
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 unless headings are three words or less and linked.
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