As we sort of came to accept as an axiom - the heading fonts for any document should be arranged in an hierarchy, and the hierarchy font choices should make sense and match.

I have a design that looks something like this:

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Clicking on Item One opens an Item One tab with the heading hierarchy presented.

Without going into discussion on the validity of the design (but please, by all means, do point it out if you think it's important) - how one would arrange the heading hierarchy?

It seems to me that it should include the tabs (on both sides) as well, since they serve as headings in concept, but then I have too much - 5 (or 4 if you think that both tabs should have the same styling - which I do).

Any ideas?

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    What is your question? Your title doesn't match the content. Also, soliciting a brainstorm session isn't really appropriate for a Q&A site. – Lèse majesté Mar 14 '12 at 11:54
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Why don't you just use breadcrumbs? It's a little series of text links which show how you've drilled down to reach your current location.

So above "Heading one" is a little link which says Home → Page → Tab 1. Clicking on any of those links brings you to that section, and you always know where you are.

Since breadcrumbs won't work at all:

  • Tab: Capitals bold
  • Item: mixed case bold
  • Heading 1: capitals regular
  • Heading 2: maybe mixed-case italic?
  • Text: roman
  • Isee... no I have to allow tabbed usage for the right part - user will probably have a lot of these open at any one time, breadcrumbs won't let me do it that way. – ZenMaster Feb 12 '12 at 12:40

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