Using HTML5 figures in today’s browsers

[2011-04-01] dev, html5
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HTML5 includes tags for figures and figure captions. This post explains how to use them in modern browsers.

The following code can be used in HTML5 to display figures:

        <img src="image.jpg">
        <figcaption>This is the caption.</figcaption>
With the following CSS, the above code works in many modern browsers (tested in Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
    figure {
        display: table;
        text-align: center;
        /* optional: border */
        border: thin solid gray;
        padding: 5px;
    figcaption {
        display: block;
Unfortunately, this might not work in some older browsers. You can experiment by replacing display:table with display:block (for figure), but then the border will fill the complete width of the page.

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