In the question are "header" and "heading" interchangable in the context of "information at the top of something"? an answer explains how header is a part of the page (opposite of footer) while heading is a part of the text (as leading into a new section, chapter, column and alike).

Okay, understood. Then I just need to understand the difference between the words:



Can I use these words fully interchangeably?

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"Headline" is normally used when an article appears as one of a collection of articles, such as a newspaper. If the article is reprinted separately, the headline becomes the "title". While a headline can also be called a heading, the term "heading" is more often used for what goes at the top of a section or sub-section of an article. It can also refer to what goes above a chart or figure, although that is more often called the chart title or figure title.

In fact, I would avoid the word "headline" except in reference to a newspaper or some publication or other text organized in a way very similar to a newspaper.


A headline is at the beginning of an article, and oftentimes is a (one-line) summary of the whole article. On the other hand, a heading is for a section of the article.

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