# <caption>: The Table Caption element

The HTML Table Caption element (<caption>) specifies the caption (or title) of a table, and if used is always the first child of a <table>. Its styling and physical position relative to the table may be changed using the CSS caption-side and text-align properties.

Content categories None. Flow content. The end tag can be omitted if the element is not immediately followed by ASCII whitespace or a comment. A element, as its first descendant. None HTMLTableCaptionElement

## Attributes

This element includes the global attributes.

### Obsolete attributes

The following attributes are obsolete and should not be used. They are documented below for reference when updating existing code and for historical interest only.

align
This enumerated attribute indicates how the caption must be aligned with respect to the table. It may have one of the following values:
left
The caption is displayed to the left of the table.
top
The caption is displayed above the table.
right
The caption is displayed to the right of the table.
bottom
The caption is displayed below the table.
Usage note: Do not use this attribute, as it has been deprecated. The <caption> element should be styled using the CSS properties caption-side and text-align.

## Usage notes

When the <table> element that contains the <caption> is the only descendant of a <figure> element, you should use the <figcaption> element instead of <caption>.

## Example

This simple example presents a table that includes a caption.

<table>
<caption>Example Caption</caption>
<tr>
<th>Email</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>user1</td>
<td>user1@sample.com</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>user2</td>
<td>user2@sample.com</td>
</tr>
</table>

## Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<caption>' in that specification.
Living Standard
HTML5
The definition of '<caption>' in that specification.
Recommendation
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<caption>' in that specification.
Recommendation

## Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
align Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
align Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes