Headlines – Balancing Google and Accessibility

This past week Xander and I got into a fairly heated debate regarding the use of headlines in sections of a page other than the main content (i.e. Sidebars, Footers, etc.).

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We each came at the problem from a different angle, but soon found that we were searching for the same end-goal. This meant it was time to put the baseball bats and brass knuckles away and come up with a solution. We knew what we wanted our pages to accomplish:

  • Full accessibility to all users
  • Easily indexable content for Google
  • Meaningful, semantic mark-up