#131266 Hosted Apps: Mediawiki: bad rendering of header levels

First Level Support

This is a follow-up on the prematurely closed request #2191902 that concerned the visual mismatch between header level 2 and 3 (h3 appears larger than h2, because it's bolded):


John Haverlack posted a very useful piece of info there, but, perhaps due to the anonymity of the original poster, the conclusion remained "it's bad, because it's set to be bad". But it *can* be reset to... normal, can't it.

Apparently, the problem lies in the following piece of CSS that cannot be customized project-by-project:

h2 { font-size: 150%; }

h3, h4, h5, h6 { /* eliminate h3 and h4 from here ? */
border-bottom: none;
font-weight: bold;

h3 { font-size: 132%; }

And the suggested solution is: do not bold headers larger than 100%, because the difference in size between them is so small that when you make H(n-1) bold, it will visually appear larger than/the same as Hn. Headers <= 100% should stand out from the normal paragraph font, so they can be bolded.

Alternatively: copy the mediawiki.org settings, compare e.g.:


where "Sidebar" is H2 and "Navigation" is H3. H3 is not bolded and looks OK. Now compare the attached image, which is an enlarged fragment from our project wiki, with H2 over H3. H3 overwhelms the H2, doesn't it.

Thank you,



  • Piotr Banski

    Piotr Banski - 2008-11-15

    Heading level 3 (below) appears larger than H2 (at the top)

  • Anonymous - 2008-11-16


    I'll send this back to that team for review. They will get to this on early next week.

    If you need anything else, please post a response to this request.


    Daniel Hinojosa - Sr. Manager, SourceForge.net Support

    P.S., Support items set to status of 'Pending', will auto-close in 14 days if there is no response. Also, be sure to monitor our Site Status page: https://sourceforge.net/sitestatus .

  • Anonymous - 2008-11-16
    • milestone: --> 104418
    • assigned_to: nobody --> sog
  • Anonymous - 2009-01-06
    • assigned_to: sog --> nobody
    • milestone: 104418 -->
    • status: open --> pending
  • Anonymous - 2009-01-06


    Thank you for resubmitting this ticket. I did find some offending CSS text and it has been fixed now. Please review and respond to this support request if you are still seeing problems.


    John Haverlack,
    Programmer/Analyst, SourceForge.net Support

  • Piotr Banski

    Piotr Banski - 2009-01-06
    • status: pending --> open
  • Piotr Banski

    Piotr Banski - 2009-01-06

    John, thank you!

    The headings now look just right. :-)

  • Anonymous - 2009-01-06


    Okay, excellent. I'll close this out. Thank you for the follow up.


  • Anonymous - 2009-01-06
    • summary: Mediawiki: bad rendering of header levels --> Hosted Apps: Mediawiki: bad rendering of header levels
    • assigned_to: nobody --> hinojosa
    • milestone: --> First Level Support
    • status: open --> closed

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