Google Search and HTML5 elements

Is Google using any of the new HTML5 elements in the way it indexes pages e.g. article etc.
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The exact way they weight things in a closely guarded secret, but they stress semantics as part of the relevance test.  The spider expects cetain things fron tags like <nav> it should be contain links; aside should be something related to maincontent but outside of normal flow.  Correct use of h tags gets points. Also breaking the page into logical parts with header, footer, article, and section Will gain an advantage over div.  Misuse a table and you will be penalized.

The hole thing comes down to accessibility. The semantic tags are supposed to make it easier for individuals who are vision impaired to navigate using a screen reader.  The spiders read a page the same way as the screen readers so put a form in a table instead of using fieldsets and you make the page less understandable. If it is less understandable then Google will treated as lower quality than pages that are not just valid, but also semantically  correct.

The article tag and section tag seem to be almost interchangeable. I generally use the article tag as the content wrapper with section breaking ist up, and then the normal detailed content tags like p, ul, and nav at the lower level within that general structure.


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BTW, I think I am doing it right because the last 3 Google updates have resulted in higher traffic from Google to my personal site.

GaryAuthor Commented:
Will try a test using some of the HTML5 elements and see if there is any difference in ranking.
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