Heading 2: The Title of Your Page

Heading 2 should be used only once on a page, at the top of the page, should be in Title Case, left justified, and serves as the page title. (Heading 1 should never be used.)

Paragraph: the paragraph format is the default text format throughout the site. Start with a brief overview of what a reader should expect to get out of this page. For example, this page explains how to style a basic, informational page on the DVC website. Everything you put on a page should be as readable and accessible on your phone as it is on your screen.

Heading 3 - this is an example of a section title

Use sections to organize your content so a reader who's scrolling through the page can find what they're looking for easily. All headings (H3 and H4) should be in sentence case.

Heading 4 - section sub-heading

Use heading 4 to further divide your sections as needed. Please note: accessibility standards require that you only use Heading 4 if you've used Heading 3 previously on the same page (don't skip from Heading 2 to Heading 4, this is not ADA compliant.) Headings are for content organization and not as a design choice. 

Using lists for easy reading

Lists help readers get through information more quickly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when crafting your content:

  • Avoid using bold more than twice in a paragraph. If you feel your readers might overlook important points, try reducing the amount of surrounding text or putting them into a list like this one.
  • Refer to the style guide for abbreviations and other style rules you might not know about. For example, instead of using ampersands (&) we write out the word "and." For times, we use 10 am (not 10 a.m. or 10 A.M.)
  • Text should always be left-justified, never centered.
  • Email addresses should be active links (dvcwebworkgroup@dvc.edu, not dvcwebworkgroup@dvc.edu)
  • Headings should be as specific as possible (for example, use "English courses and class schedule" instead of "Courses and class schedule").
  • When in doubt, use lower case.
  • When making lists, use bullet lists (like this one) unless the order of items is important, like a sequence of events or processes.