What Is a CAPTION Tag/Element


What Is a CAPTION Tag/Element? - XHTML 1.0 Tutorials - Understanding Tables and Table Cells

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A "caption" element is an inline element that you can use to define the caption text of a table. Browsers will display caption above the table and aligned to the center. Here are basic rules about "caption" elements:

  • "caption" elements are inline elements.
  • A "caption" element can only be used as a sub-element of a "table" element.
  • One "table" element can only zero or one "caption" sub-element.
  • The "table" element must be specified before any "tr" elements.
  • The content of the "caption" element will always be displayed above the table and aligned to the center by most browsers.
  • Caption's background is not part of the table's background.

Below is a tutorial example of adding a caption to a table:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  <title>Table Caption</title>
  <table border="1" width="300" 
   style="background-color: #eeeeee">
   <caption>Online Order</caption>
<tr><td>Email Account</td><td>10</td><td>$9.90</td></tr>
<tr><td>FYIcenter.com Ad</td><td>1</td><td>$99.00</td></tr>
<tr><td>1-year Access</td><td>1</td><td>$199.00</td></tr>

If you save the above document as table_caption.html, and view it with Internet Explorer, you will see a caption displayed above the table. Notice that the table background did not cover the caption area as shown below:
            Table Caption

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