Formatting Text

Formatting Text

1. Use sans serif font

Serif fonts (e.g. Times) have small lines that extend from the ends of the letters and symbols. Sans Serif fonts (e.g. Arial) do not. Because of their simplicity, sans serif fonts are better for large bodies of text on the web. A sans serif font is easier to read for people who are partially sighted.

By default, Carleton’s CMS uses a sans serif font for the body text. We recommend against changing the font from the default.

2. Use the “title” tag on hyperlinks

The title tag attribute which gives a brief description of the link (see image below) when the user hovers her mouse over the link. The information in the title page may be spoken by certain types of web browsing software/or rendered as a tool tip helping the user navigate your site more easily.

How to add hyperlink titles

Hyperlink Title Tag

View more details on creating hyperlinks.

3. Use Headings and Subheadings

Heading tags are useful for creating headings (titles) and subheadings (subtitles) to help organize your web content for the user. Headings also provide structure for screen readers which helps them work out what the page is about

How to use heading tags

  • <h1> is the primary heading for the page and indicates the main topic for that page. The Carleton CMS automatically creates <h1> headers from the title of your page. There is usually only one main heading per page.
  • <h2> are the secondary headings on a page
  • <h3> are the sub-headings on a page


View more  on creating meaningful headings and subheadings.

4.  Hidden Formatting

Remove hidden formatting while copying and pasting from external sources by using the tool built into Carleton’s CMS.

Paste as Plain Text Function