It seems that the HTML 5
<section> tag doesn't really add much beyond a
<div> tag. Why should I use it, especially as it will not be compatible with anything below IE9?
The HTML5 Living Standard describes a
Consider an electronics product's page on an e-commerce site, for example, in which you list a product's "marketing-speak" description under one heading, a list of technical specifications under another heading, and a blurb about the manufacturer under yet another heading - each of those units of information could be considered a section of the document about the product.
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* it is presumptuous on my part to state that search engines are presently analyzing content at this level, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Google were, and when you author an HTML document and put it on a public server, it's safe to say that it's going to be analyzed by algorithms well into the foreseeable future.
The most important difference is that
Document 1 has this outline:
Document 2 has this outline: