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Mike Bronner16,395 Points
Have H5 and H6 become irrelevant?
Going through the web font course, I noticed that in both the course, as well as on websites that allow you to create type scales, all commit styling of h5 and h6 tags.
Have they become irrelevant? What are the best practices for styling them?
They are still there. It is just rare on pages to have that many subheadings. SEO wise it doesn't really matter. Styling wise just stay consistent with the understood pattern: h4 is more important than h5 which is more important than h6; and with that font sizes usually decrease as the headernumber increases.
Heres an example you might use them:
<h1>Earth</h1> <h2>North America</h2> <h3>California</h3> <h4>San Francisco</h4> <h5>San Francisco</h5> <h6>My Address</h6>
But see how many layers down that is. It is just rare enough that you get that far that most people dont give the effor to style them.
Mike Bronner Exactly that "I don't plan on using them anyhow". Most people don't hence why you won't find many "best practices" for using them in theme designs.