Simsi - 12:52 pm on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think it would be safe to assume that if it is still important then it is gradually diminishing in importance because positioning and layout don't necessarily equate to quality content.
That said, recent algo updates relating to above the fold advertising and page-load times clearly mean they impact in one way or another. And I think how you link elsewhere also has an indirect impact in terms of relaying how you view a page's importance.
So yes I think it matters but only where the impact has a knock-on effect. I personally don't think coding and positioning of divs, tables etc or even H tags are so important anymore but it makes sense to develop cleanly and logically and I must admit I still try to develop in a logical layout, more through habit than anything SEO-related though.