Captions

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  • #135664

    weirdscience
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    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

    #135852

    timethief
    Member

    I believe other folks have requested this too. IMO it would be a great addition.

    #135865

    kimik0
    Member

    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:
    http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/www/captions.html

    #135874

    weirdscience
    Member

    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

    #135879

    kimik0
    Member

    Oh, sorry for misunderstanding. You mentioned Photoshop, so I thought you meant adding the caption as part of the image.

    #135930

    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.

    #135967

    weirdscience
    Member

    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.

    #136279

    russellc
    Member

    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.

    #136280

    raincoaster
    Member

    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.

    #136284

    russellc
    Member

    Dear Raincoaster,
    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.

    #136286

    russellc
    Member

    Raincoaster, my apologies. The pictures with text in the Description window are those in “Spot the deliberate mistake”.

    #136370

    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!

    #136371

    timethief
    Member

    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

    #136372

    russelc,

    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:
    http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol6/html_no1.htm

    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.

    #136373

    weirdscience,

    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.

    as in:

    <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!

    #136374

    timethief
    Member
    #136376

    timethief
    Member

    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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