Help:Effective use of headers

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This article discusses the use of headers in ArchWiki articles. It gives you a detailed overview of techniques and formatting.

Who should read this article

This article was written to assist wiki writers and editors in creating effective articles and expand the ArchWiki readers' experience.

You are not required to know how to edit a wiki page in order to follow this article. This page is a more general style guide, rather than a technical editing howto.

About article headers

Headers headers mark the start of a new section. Sections may be organized in a tree form with some sections nested within other sections. To reflect the section structure, headers may be formatted differently. Sections and corresponding headers are divided into levels depending on their place relative to other sections.

Terms used in this article

A section that is contained within another section is said to be of a lower level than its container (or parent). Therefore the parent is of a higher level.

Each header with the text spanning to the next header of the same level is called a heading.

Purpose of headers and headings

When presenting your topic to readers, you must know that it takes some time to read even through shortest articles.

Headings have numbers that describe their level in the tree. Higher level headings have lower numbers, and vice versa. For example, the article's title on ArchWiki is heading level 1.