First landmark heading h2

Definition If a contentinfo, complementary, form, navigation or search landmark contains a heading element, the first heading should be an h2 element.
  • Headings provide a redundant way for people to navigate and orient themselves to content on a web page.
  • The use of an h2 element as the first heading in a landmark (except the main and banner landmarks) supports a consistent use of headings for finding the main sections in a web page.
  • HTML5 and ARIA Techniques (Recommended)
WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria

1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A, Primary Success Criterion)

Rule Category Headings
Scope Element
Target Resources contentinfo, complementary, form, navigation or search landmarks elements
  • h2
  • Locate an h2 element at the beginning of the content in the landmark to describe the content in the landmark.
  • The h2 element can be used as the accessible name for a landmark using the aria-labelledby attribute on the landmark to point to an id attribute on the h2 element.
  • The h2 element can be hidden from the graphical rendering using offscreen CSS positioning (e.g. position: absolute )techniques.
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