align (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 3.2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

align=" { bottom | left | right | top } "

Description

The align attribute should, in theory, align the caption as a block element to the left or right of, or above or below, the table, in the same way in which this attribute would work when applied to a table or an image. However, browser support for the attribute is poor, and it’s inconsistently interpreted and presented.

Example

The align for this caption is set to "right":

<table>
  <caption align="right">Interest Rates</caption>
  <tr>
    <th>Account Type</th>
    <th>Interest Rate</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Smart</td>
    <td>From 2%</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Young Saver</td>
    <td>From 1.6%</td>
  </tr>
</table>

Value

Possible values for this attribute include "bottom", "left", "right", and "top".

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
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This attribute is now deprecated, and is highly presentational in its nature. The desired visual effects can all be achieved with CSS and, as such, this attribute shouldn’t be used—it’s presented here for informational purposes only.

Browser support for this attribute is mixed. Firefox honors all the alignment settings, while Safari and Chrome honor only the "top" (default) and "bottom" attribute values, ignoring "left" and "right". Opera doesn’t align the caption left or right as a block-level element, but does align the text contained inside the caption left or right, as does Internet Explorer. In short, don’t count on being able to style a table caption using this attribute alone.

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