Type of Figure


Identifies the type of figure being displayed, for example, a cartoon, chart, diagram, drawing, exhibit, illustration, map, plate, schema, workflow, etc.


This attribute was created to preserve existing semantic content when converting from a publisher’s DTD. Many journal DTDs make a distinction between different types of graphical objects (some by means of attributes, others with distinct elements). In this DTD, all these figure types will be tagged using the <fig> element. The distinctions between different types of figures can be preserved using the fig-type attribute, e.g., by recording the content type of the figure, such as “map”.

Attribute Values

In Element

<fig> Figure
Value Meaning
Text, numbers, or special characters The type of object shown in the figure, for example, “diagram”, “chart”, or “map
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.