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 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