My website is currently using HTML version four. Is there any benefit to going to HTML version 5 and tagging up the header footer content? Even though we already use schema.org, can this help with rankings?

My website is currently using HTML version four. Is there any benefit to going to HTML version 5 and tagging up the header footer content? Even though we already use schema.org, can this help with rankings?

Webmaster Guru Asked on December 14, 2016 in HTML.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

I suspect there are benefits of moving to HTML five. But they don’t affect Google search. So whether or not you’re on HTML– I don’t know– two, three, or four or XHTML or HTML five, that’s all something that we kind of have to deal with and pull that content out of there in a normal way. And it shouldn’t affect rank. So just for search itself, I wouldn’t necessarily move to HTML five. Of course, there are lots of other reasons that you might want to move to HTML five or move some things to HTML five. But at least for search itself, that’s not something where you’d have to do that.

Webmaster Guru Answered on December 14, 2016.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

I suspect there are benefits of moving to HTML five. But they don’t affect Google search. So whether or not you’re on HTML– I don’t know– two, three, or four or XHTML or HTML five, that’s all something that we kind of have to deal with and pull that content out of there in a normal way. And it shouldn’t affect rank. So just for search itself, I wouldn’t necessarily move to HTML five. Of course, there are lots of other reasons that you might want to move to HTML five or move some things to HTML five. But at least for search itself, that’s not something where you’d have to do that.

Webmaster Guru Answered on December 14, 2016.
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