Typically indicates whether a display object (for example, figure, table, boxed text) must be anchored in its exact location within the text or may float to a different location in the document (for example, top of the next page, into the next column, within a separate window). Also used to indicate that the display object should be placed in the margin or used as a background image behind the text.
OPTIONAL (defaults to float) on many elements; click for list and usage
|anchor||The object must remain in its exact location in the text flow.|
|background||The object (typically an image) is used as background displayed visually “behind” the narrative text.|
|float||The object is not anchored and may be moved to a new column, a new window, a new page, the end of the document, etc.|
|margin||In print, the object should be placed in the margin or gutter; online, the object should remain closely associated with the text.|
OPTIONAL (defaults to float) on element: <fig>
|Text, numbers, or special characters||Whether the figure (<fig> must be anchored in its exact location within the text or may float to a different location in the document (for example, top of the next page). Values for this attribute are unlimited; they include any one of the values listed above, as well as other values such as “float-left” and “float-right”.|
Figure anchored to its place in the text
... <sec id="s5_1"> <label>5.1</label> <title>Two approaches to addressing accessibility in standards</title> ... <p><xref ref-type="fig" rid="f1">Figure 1</xref> provides a graphical summary of how this Guide can be used.</p> <fig id="f1" orientation="portrait" position="anchor"> <label>Figure 1</label> <caption> <title>Two approaches to address accessibility in standards</title> </caption> <graphic xlink:href="g3658.jpg"/> </fig> ... </sec> ...