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The design of headings must emphasize the various functions that headings have:

Headings mark the beginning of a topic.

When readers skim a document, headings quickly communicate what the topic is about. Headings aid the decision whether or not to read the topic.

In a printed document, headings communicate the hierarchy level of a topic.

In online help, there is essentially no hierarchy (online help is hypertext even if you have a table of contents). For this reason, in online help, all headings have the same style.

Usually, you shouldn’t have more than 3 hierarchy levels, so you need the styles:

heading level 1

heading level 2

heading level 3


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