Image with caption shortcode

Adding an image as a figure with caption is a common desire with web publishers. With a flexible short-tag and shortcode combination, this is easy and reusable.

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Consider the following raw HTML example:

<figure class="some-class">
    <img src="" alt="The throne of Zeus" />
    <figcaption>A view from Mount Olympus</figcaption>

Writing that block of nested markup each time you want a figure is tedious, and a messy distraction in your article copy when editing. It’s also a pain to find and edit such markup when you need to later, notably the caption.

Let’s do better.

Form to use

Create a new Form template (of any type), name it figure, paste the following code in, and save the template:

<figure<txp:if_yield name="class"> class="<txp:yield name="class" />"</txp:if_yield>>
    <txp:image id='<txp:yield name="id" />' />
    <txp:if_yield name="caption">
        <figcaption><txp:yield name="caption" escape="tidy,textile" /></figcaption>
    <txp:else />
        <txp:image_info id='<txp:yield name="id" />' wraptag="figcaption" escape="tidy,textile" />

Now you have a custom shortcode. By creating that code, you automatically create a corresponding short-tag too.

The Textile attribute (and values), escape="tidy,textile", used in the example above is optional. It enables rendering any Textile you may want to use in your image captions (e.g. a source link). See Escaping tags for more about this new attribute functionality, which works on every Textpattern tag.

Short-tag to use

The corresponding short-tag reflects the name of your shortcode form: <txp::figure />.

See Custom short-tags and shortcodes doc for tag usage when short-tag functionality is disabled in Preferences.

Tag attributes

This new tag, as designed, takes up to three attributes:

  • id (mandatory) — The id of the image you wish to display.
  • class (optional) — A CSS class to apply to the HTML figure element (i.e. <figure class="">.
  • caption (optional) — The caption to apply to the image. If omitted, it will use the one associated with the image itself.

Example usage

You can use the custom short-tag any way you like:

  • <txp::figure id="130" />
  • <txp::figure id="130" class="photo" />
  • <txp::figure id="130" class="photo" caption="The throne of Zeus at Mount Olympus." />

Or as part of a grid of images:

<txp:images category="travel" wraptag="div" class="grid">
    <txp::figure id='<txp:image_info type="id" />' />

See more Shortcode examples.

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