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Best Practices and Standards (NEW VERSION)

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  • Use the 'Headings' format to indicate sections and sub-sections in your Rich Text box. This not only provides hierarchical organisation and formatting but also makes it easy for screen readers to scan and jump to different content areas.

  • Higher numbered headings should be placed above lower numbered ones otherwise your hierarchy gets confused.

For example:

screenshot of paragraph format menu         

Use the 'Format' menu to choose your heading level. 

Heading 1 is the guide title, Heading 2 is the box title. Use the following headings to show hierarchy within your Rich Text box:

Heading 3

Heading 4 

Heading 5
Heading 6

Tabbed boxes

  • For tabbed boxes, include Headings in the content space as well; don't only label the tabs.

For example:

screenshot of tabbed box with headings


  • Only use tables for tabular data that fits well into rows and columns.
  • Don't use tables to format links or other information. 
  • Use table headers to describe the contents of the table columns. This is important as otherwise screenreaders will not be able to give context to the content of the cells.
  • Avoid spanned rows as screen readers may not properly parse them.

For example:

screenshot of table header properties in rich text editor

You can choose from several themed table types by clicking the table class dropdown:

screenshot of table class properties in rich text editor

The following table class choices have been themed to match the branding for our guides. Please choose one of these four that best suits your needs:

example of table 1 and 2

example of tables 3 and 4


If your content is not suitable for a table (ie there are no horizontal and vertical headers; you are trying to display images side by side) you may wish to use a grid instead. Grids will organise your content, but do not cause the same problems with screenreaders that tables do.

Here is an example of a grid:


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If you think a grid will be the best fit for your content please speak to someone from the Information Literacy Support and Development team and we will assist you.