Text descriptive of the component to which it is attached.


This element should not be confused with Title, which is also allowed on Figure. Caption is reserved for a description or explanation; it will not, for example, be retrieved for display in cross-references the way Title will.

A Caption appearing directly inside a Figure should describe the figure as a whole. If each of several images included in a figure requires its own caption, place a Caption in each Media Object.

Expanded Content Model



<para> Paragraph, one or more

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<equation>, <figure>, <mediaobject>, <table>


        <para>The native people grew a variety of large broad-leafed, ground-covering vines which
          produced what they called “macocqwer” or gourds. (<emphasis role="ital">See</emphasis>
          <xref linkend="gourds"/>.) Varying in color among shades of green, yellow, and orange,
          these gourds served a number of functions, not chief of which was as a food source. There
          were two distinct types, soft-shelled and hard-shelled. ...</para>
        <figure xml:id="gourds" xreflabel="Gourds">
              <imagedata format="jpg" fileref="19450212-2.jpg"/>
            <para>While gourds, pumpkins and squashes were new to the English, they were soon
              discovered to be very useful for warding off starvation.</para>