i sent this one to support a bit ago but I felt like reiterating it here :p seriously, it would be a huge benefit to have the ability to put captions on pictures. the entire look/layout would be much improved for wordpress users, i'm sure. it would also save time for those do it in photoshop, for example, and then load it up
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I believe other folks have requested this too. IMO it would be a great addition.
Captions on pictures? Why would you want a caption on the picture? I'd put it under the picture. That way search engines can find your picture & caption pair.
Here's a good explanation of several ways to do captions:
kimiko: the award for taking something literally goes to...hehe. ;)
i figured saying 'on' the picture was pretty much synonymous with under it..i can't say i've ever seen someone put a caption right on a pic, but i'm sure there's a first time for everything
Oh, sorry for misunderstanding. You mentioned Photoshop, so I thought you meant adding the caption as part of the image.
As far as search engines go, as long as you put the caption as the ALT attribute, it'll find it. In fact, I purposefully mispelled one of my ALT captions due to the confusion people have with the name (zombu vs. zonbu). Sure enough, at least once a day I get someone coming in on the "zombu" one. So, Google does search ALT attributes.
kimiko: yep, it was suggested in a past thread...you use photoshop to add a caption to the usual spot and then upload the pic and post. but yeah, what a hassle! hehe..I spend enough time just searching for pics..given all the copyright stuff, one has to be super careful with reading all that stuff..which, of course, takes more time.
As well as a simple way to apply captions to pictures, I would dearly like a method to embed a caption that "floats" or pops up when a mouse cursor is hovered over the picture.
That's easy. When you put in the info about a picture using the Visual editor, you get an option, a third line, to put that exact popup information. Do so.
That is what I thought, and I have entered descriptive text in the third, "Description", window of the image editor but this text never shows up in either Firefox or IE. All I see when hovering over a picture is the text entered in the "Title" window.
If you have a moment you could check this on my blog. The three pictures in the entry "So where were you when ...?" have quite a bit of text in the "Description".
Perhaps i have some setting in place that prevents both my browsers from showing this.
Raincoaster, my apologies. The pictures with text in the Description window are those in "Spot the deliberate mistake".
for the record, if you crazy about search engine benefits, then put not only img alt but also captions AND title. phew! that's a lot!
Using HTML you have the choice of either the one cell approach or the two cell approach for creating image captions. Details here http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/www/captions.html
I have entered descriptive text in the third, "Description", window of the image editor but this text never shows up in either Firefox or IE. All I see when hovering over a picture is the text entered in the "Title" window.
you are spot on! :D
THAT'S the way browsers are meant to behave! and god, it's not uniform!
more info here:
it also contains a chart about how some browsers react to alt and title. although the list isn't exhaustive, it is a good lead.
doing the image caption as a part of the table is a breeze once you copy and paste the table and alter ONLY what needs to be altered.
<table class="image"> <caption align="bottom">caption text</caption> <tr><td><img ...></td></tr> </table>
if you save this info somewhere, you can just copy the whole thing and paste and change the image code and the caption.
and you are done!
I've done a blog post that includes links to free watermarking and image caption generators and programs Watermark Your Blog Images
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