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.


This attribute is used:

Attribute Values

In Elements

<boxed-text>, <chem-struct-wrap>, <fig-group>, <graphic>, <media>, <preformat>, <supplementary-material>, <table-wrap>, <table-wrap-group>
Value Meaning
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.
Default value: float

In Element

Value Meaning
Data characters Text, numbers, or special characters.
Default value: float

Suggested usage

The values of the @position attribute are not constrained when it appears on the <fig> element. Meaningful values include those in the enumeration above; also float-left and float-right.