WCAG 2.4.6 Headings and Labels

Write clear, descriptive headings for content and/or labels for form fields.

What to do?

  • Use concise, clear language for headings within a page (e.g. <h1>, <h2>) and form labels
  • A single word can be sufficient if it relays the necessary information


Plain English Explanation

This success criterion isn’t requiring headings and labels, it’s merely saying that when you use them, write clearly and descriptively so a user knows what content follows or what form fields are asking for.

For example, an effective label for a form that is asking for a first name is “First name”.

As another example, the <h1> heading for an article might be “How To Make a Website Accessible” and an <h2> heading might be “Provide Content Alternatives”.

The key here is that the words are clear and descriptive so a user knows what content to expect or what input a form field is asking for.