[Pro] h1 Fonts bolded by default?

Are h1 fonts automatically bold? I tried unbolding it in the CSS style menu, but it didn’t seem to work. How can I unbold the font?


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Use the Extended dialog, and add the following two Name/Value pairs:

  • Name: font-style
  • Value: normal
  • Name: font-weight
  • Value: normal

To be clear, H1 - H6 are styled bold by the browser’s default stylesheet. If you look at the generated code that Freeway makes for the H tags, it includes font-weight: bold in there, but unchecking the Bold button simply removes that, it doesn’t add the two styles above to counter what the browser does naturally.

Walter

On May 16, 2012, at 11:00 AM, RavenManiac wrote:

Are h1 fonts automatically bold? I tried unbolding it in the CSS style menu, but it didn’t seem to work. How can I unbold the font?


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Gotcha. Does unbolding the font create any issues with web browsers or search engines?


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No. It’s fine.


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No. It’s still an Hn tag – just has a different appearance – and the robots don’t look at things visually. I could happily style h6 to be 300px and red, and h1 to appear identical to an unstyled p tag, and the search engines would still pick h1 over h6 when trying to decide what the page was about.

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On May 16, 2012, at 11:08 AM, RavenManiac wrote:

Gotcha. Does unbolding the font create any issues with web browsers or search engines?


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So h1 tags are pretty important for SEO. Unfortunately, most of my h1 copy is simply section titles, which are not very descriptive. :frowning:


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You should very definitely only have one H1 on your page, and it should be immediately followed by the paragraph that best describes your page to the sightless robot overlords.

If you have additional headers on your page, you should follow the style of an outline: h2 is for the second most important thing on the page, h3 for the third, etc. You may have multiple instances of h2-h6, but it’s actually important that you match up the sequence of these headers in your page’s source order with their importance to your overall content story, and with the paragraphs immediately following each of them.

Definitely, if you are playing this to win in the search engine game, don’t ever just put an Hn in a box by itself somewhere on the page because you like the way it looks. Headers have to be followed by text that relates to them if you want them to do anything useful for you.

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On May 16, 2012, at 11:32 AM, RavenManiac wrote:

So h1 tags are pretty important for SEO. Unfortunately, most of my h1 copy is simply section titles, which are not very descriptive. :frowning:


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This is a tool I use for evaluating page semantics:

http://www.w3.org/2003/12/semantic-extractor.html


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On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM, RavenManiac email@hiddenwrote:

So h1 tags are pretty important for SEO. Unfortunately, most of my h1 copy
is simply section titles, which are not very descriptive. :frowning:


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