octref octref - 1 month ago 4x
HTML Question

What is the difference between <s> and <del> in HTML, and do they affect website rankings?

What is the difference between

? I have read here that there are semantic differences between
, does this apply to
? Additionally, how are such semantic differences, if any, interpreted by search engines and what affect would they have on rankings? Are there any other tags that affect search rankings?


<s> and <del> both still exist in the HTML specification.

  • The <del> element represents a removal from the document.
  • The <s> represents contents that are no longer accurate or no longer relevant.

That is to say that they actually represent different things semantically. Specifically <del> would be used if you had an existing document and wanted to indicate text that was in the document, but has been removed. This would be different than text in a document that is no longer accurate, but that has not been removed (you could use <s> for that).

You should not use or depend on either for styling even though most browsers do have them strike-through by default. You should only rely on CSS for presentation.

Due to the mercurial nature of how search engines work, it's very difficult to say whether one tag or another will make a difference on how keywords are created and your content is indexed. You should focus on creating good content that is semantically correct, and your website rank will follow.