As explained in the colophon several decisions have gone into the typography of this site. As some of it is fairly subtle, this article will show it off some more.
There are six full levels of headers available, though normally only three levels are used. First three are cross-heads, which means that they’re centered. The first two levels are decorated with a symbol on either side, though the third level isn’t.
The headers are all following the typographic scale suggested in [Typeplate], with the exception of the sixth level which is the same font-size as the paragraphs. They also all are smallcaps.
The fourth and fifth levels are indented sideheads, meaning they are left-aligned, with an indent equal to the paragraphs. To distinguish the fifth level further it is italic.
Finally the sixth level is a run-in sidehead which means that it is the same size as the paragraph, the same colour as the paragraph, but still keeping the smallcaps to make it clearly distinguishable from the paragraph.
The first paragraph is decorated with a single symbol before it, and there is no indent outside of that. The one exception is a paragraph following a run-in sidehead header, as the effect of the run-in sidehead would be spoiled.
Paragraphs following a paragraph, like this one, has an indent matching the indented sideheads.
Demo: Header 2
This is a paragraph following a second-level header, much like most of the paragraphs in this explanation, but made more explicit.
Demo: Header 3
This is a paragraph following a third-level header. The third level headers are judiciously spread throughout the pages of the site, so it is also likely noticed.
Demo: Header 4
This is a paragraph following a fourth level header. Notice how the decoration and the header match each other quite nicely.
Demo: Header 5
This is a paragraph following a fifth level header. It is in much like the fourth level header, but smaller and uses an attractive italic.
Demo: Header 6
This is a paragraph following a sixth level header. This will very rarely be used, but it is declared to give more variety, if it s needed. Note how there is no decoration on this paragraph, and that the header appears to be part of it.
This is the second paragraph following a sixth level header, notice the different in text-indents compared to the others.