This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). The images in this post will expand when clicked.
When writing using Microsoft Word it is useful to use the Heading Styles to ensure our documents remain as accessible as possible.
To our eyes, formatting headings and sub-headings using just the font size/colour, bold and underline functions may look ok but to the computer these cosmetic changes mean nothing. By using the built in Headings Styles, we ensure that our headings are preserved for those reading our documents in different formats (on the web or as .pdf). More importantly accessibility technology such as screen readers will translate our headings properly and our documents will be more accessible.