In print or on display, a caption is usually recognizable because it is not part of the ordinary text flow; it sits just under, above, beside, or in the same small window or page area as the tabular portions of the table or the graphical portions of the figure.
The <caption> element in this DTD Suite contains the entire, visible textual description of a table, figure, or similar object, but does not typically include the figure or table number, since this will be generated. If needed in the text, such numbers will be the content of the <label> element. The text of the caption does include any separately tagged <title> that might be present and as many paragraphs of information as needed. It may include legends, which are not identified as a separate element in this DTD Suite.
Conversion Note: Many publishers make a distinction between the caption of a figure/table/etc. and its title. There may be two separate tags (<caption> and <title>), or the first sentence of the caption may be set off typographically from the rest of the caption to indicate that it is a title; for example, the first sentence may be italic or bold. In either case, if it is obvious that the figure/table/etc. contains both a title and a caption, both the title and the caption should be tagged during conversion, and the title should be moved inside the caption if it is outside.
<!ELEMENT caption (title?, %caption-body-parts;) >
... <sec id="bid.36"> <title>Microbial Genomes</title> <p>... A CON entry, containing instructions on how to put the pieces back together, is also made. The CON entry contains descriptor information, such as source organism and references, as well as a join statement providing explicit instructions on how to generate the complete genome from the pieces. The Accession number assigned to the CON record is also added as a secondary Accession number on each of the pieces that make up the complete genome (see <xref ref-type="fig" rid="bid.37">Figure 2</xref>). <fig id="bid.37"> <label>2</label> <caption><title>A GenBank CON entry for a complete bacterial genome.</title> <p>The information toward the <italic>bottom</italic> of the record describes how to generate the complete genome from the pieces.</p> </caption> <graphic xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xlink:href="ch1f2" mime-subtype="gif"/> </fig> </p> ... </sec> ...