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Wouldn't it be awesome if you could put captions under text in images like you can in Wordpress?

If you put underscores around the alt text of the image, the alt text is also used as the caption.

Or, if no one wants to muck with markdown, allow users to embed a caption when uploading pictures. This would not be stylish, but I think it'd work.

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Markdown already contains a facility for putting a title on the image tag (so when you hover over an image you get a tooltip).

Though there is a caption element defined in HTML, it is only allowable as a child of table.

There is not universally accepted form of markup to caption an image in HTML and as result no such facility in Markdown.

Now, Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange are not the care takers of Markdown - there is no such organisation, as far as I know, so how would this get standarsized?

Additionally, te WMD editor is open source and used by other sites than those in the Stack Exchange family of sites - this means that arbitrary features can't be added willy-nilly. They need to be accepted and approved by others.

My points are:

  1. This is not a simple feature to implement in Markdown
  2. Even if it were, Stack Exchange is not the organisation to do it
  3. The WMD editor is maintained by a community that needs to be convinced that this feature is needed, is worth while and can be easily maintained
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OK, I'm confusing WMD or whatever they use with "Markdown" itself. I guess I could remove "markdown" from the request. I just want the feature. –  Peter Turner Aug 8 '12 at 20:04
@PeterTurner WMD is the editor, Markdown is the syntax. –  Yannis Aug 8 '12 at 20:04
@PeterTurner - The feature is still not something that can simply be added, not without changes to the markdown spec and an understanding of how it is supposed to work across browsers and platforms (seeing as HTML doesn't support it natively). –  Oded Aug 8 '12 at 20:05
It could be done with CSS3 and custom attributes and just show up as alt text for everyone else. I'm not saying to use a caption element. I'm just saying, put a box underneath an image so I can say figure 2 with style. –  Peter Turner Aug 8 '12 at 20:07
@PeterTurner - Yes, it can. At a significant cost of testing and bug fixing and later on maintenance. Frankly, I'd rather see the team work on other features and bug fixes. –  Oded Aug 8 '12 at 20:08
Yeah, it's probably not useful to you. It'd be more useful on Physics, Mathematics and Gardening & Landscaping than StackOverflow. –  Peter Turner Aug 8 '12 at 20:12
@PeterTurner - Possibly, but the WMD editor is closely tied to the meaning of Markdown and adding such a feature that is non standard (and that as far as I can see can't be standardized), to a widely used tool (WMD editor is used on many more sites than the Stack Exchange sites) is just not something I can see happening. Just trying to explain why this is unlikely to happen. –  Oded Aug 8 '12 at 20:14
Yeah, that's good to know. Kind of stultifying to creativity though, maybe captions could be preprocessed and embedded in the picture when uploaded. –  Peter Turner Aug 8 '12 at 20:17
Then you'd bump into the whole "don't hide relevant text inside a picture" issue though. Though interesting for some SEs, I can't see a satisfying way out of this to be honest. –  Bart Aug 8 '12 at 20:34
No need to enhance Markdown if the Markdown title would be shown? (That would surely be nice on mobile; a bit hard to hover there...) –  Arjan Aug 8 '12 at 21:46
Stack Exchange has added their own features to markdown already (spoilers, other site-specific features), so that isn't really an issue. –  Jeremy Banks Aug 8 '12 at 22:54
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