HTML 5 <figure> Tag

The HTML <figure> tag is used for annotating illustrations, diagrams, photos, code listings, etc.

You can use the <figure> element to associate a caption together with some embedded content, such as a graphic or video.

You can use the <figure> element in conjunction with the <figcaption> element to provide a caption for the contents of your <figure> element.

The <figure> tag was introduced in HTML 5.


The following example demonstrates how to use the <figure> tag to mark up some example JavaScript code.


HTML tags can contain one or more attributes. Attributes are added to a tag to provide the browser with more information about how the tag should appear or behave. Attributes consist of a name and a value separated by an equals (=) sign, with the value surrounded by double quotes. Here's an example, style="color:black;".

There are 3 kinds of attributes that you can add to your HTML tags: Element-specific, global, and event handler content attributes.

The attributes that you can add to this tag are listed below.

Element-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to this tag/element.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML 5 tags (although the tabindex attribute does not apply to dialog elements).

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handler Content Attributes

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

For a full list of event handlers, see HTML 5 event handler content attributes.