HTML5 <figcaption> Tag

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The <figcaption> element defines a caption or legend for a figure.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Block
Content: Block, Inline, and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: New in HTML5


The basic syntax of the <figcaption> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <figcaption> ... </figcaption>

The example below shows the <figcaption> tag in action.

    <img src="discovery.jpg" alt="Space Shuttle">
    <figcaption>NASA - Space Shuttle Discovery</figcaption>

Note: The only permitted parent element for the <figcaption> element is the <figure> element. The <figcaption> element must be its first or last child.

Tag-Specific Attributes

The <figcaption> tag doesn't have any specific attribute.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <figcaption> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <figcaption> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <figcaption> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 4+
  • Google Chrome 6+
  • Internet Explorer 9+
  • Apple Safari 5.1+
  • Opera 11.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Images.

Related tags: <figure>, <img>.

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