yab_image: another image plugin for textpattern

Yes, another image plugin for textpattern. :)

What it does

This plugin allows you to display an image with an assigned caption as caption :). The width of the caption will always fits the width of the displayed image.

The problem

In textpattern you have an option to give an uploaded image a caption, but textpattern will show this caption via textile, tag <txp:image /> or html only as title attribute of the image element. This is not a real image-caption aka image-subtitle.

If you want a real image-caption in textpattern so you have to work with different <span> in your body with textile or with raw html. The next problems are the different widths of the images and the caption (subtitle) below.

Here is an example what I mean:


Example Picture 1 This is a caption with an appropriate width Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim.

Example Picture 1 This is a longer caption and the width could break your layout Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim.


Solution

If you know this problem and you often use or want to use image-captions then maybe yab_image is a solution for you. The example above will with <txp:yab_image /> look like this:

Example Picture 2This is a longer caption of the image. With yab_image the caption doesn't break your layout.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim.

Usage

You can use this plugin almost the same as <txp:image />. The behavior is a little bit different: If a caption for an image is available and if you want to float the image and the caption, use the align attribute. This will float the image and the caption.

If no image caption (neither as tag attribute nor in image tab) is given <txp:yab_image /> works similar as <txp:image />·

F.i.: <txp:yab_image id="5" align="right" />

Attributes

The following attributes works as expected (as in <txp:image />·) when no caption is given:

id
Specifies the id assigned at upload of the image to display. Can be found on the images tab. If both name and id are specified, name is used while id is ignored.
(Integer)
name
Specifies which image to display by its image name as shown on the images tab.
(String)
class
CSS class attribute applied to the wraptag, if set, otherwise to the img tag.
(Default: unset)
escape
Escape HTML entities such as <, > and & for the image’s alt and title attributes.
(Default: unset)
html_id
The HTML id attribute applied to the wraptag, if set, otherwise to the img tag.
(Default: unset)
style
Inline CSS style rule.
(Default: unset)
wraptag
HTML tag to be used to wrap the img tag, specified without brackets.
(Default: unset)

The following attributes are new oder modified:

align
Alignment of the image and the caption.
left, right, center (default: center)
alt_caption
Alternate caption, overwrites caption given in image tab.
(Default: unset)
alt_alt
Alternate img alt, overwrites alternate text given in image tab.
(Default: unset)
alt_title
Alternate title, overwrites caption text given in image tab, which is regulary used for img title attribute.
(Default: unset)
alt_as_title
If set, the alt_alt tag attribute or the alternate text is used for the img title attribute.
(Default: 0)

Some weird logic and priorities:

Tag attributes will always overwrites given text in the image tab!

Intentionally usage of alt_as_title tag attribute:
Mainly it could be used for displaying hyperlinks in the caption (the thingy, which is shown under the image) without breaking the HTML validity.
If you want to display hyperlinks in the caption so you can either write these hyperlinks as raw HTML in the caption field in your image tab or as textile markup in the tag attribute:

F.i.: <txp:yab_image id="5" align="right" alt_caption='This is a "Link (Link)":http://textpattern.com/ in a caption' />

Important:

  • Use single quotes for tags when insert double quotes!
  • Don’t start with an double quote (alt_caption='"Link (Link)":http://textpattern.com/ in a caption' will not work).
    Use a beginning whitespace or text before the double quote (alt_caption=' "Link (Link)":http://textpattern.com/ in a caption').
  • Be sure the line will be textiled.

Problem: The generated img title attribute is broken, because the hyperlink with the double quotes breaks it.
Solution: Now you can additionally use the alt_title tag attribute to set a specific img title or the alt_as_title so that the img title will generated from alternate text in the image tab.

F.i.: <txp:yab_image id="5" align="right" alt_caption='This is a "Link (Link)":http://textpattern.com/ in a caption' alt_as_title="1" />

or

F.i.: <txp:yab_image id="5" align="right" alt_caption='This is a "Link (Link)":http://textpattern.com/ in a caption' alt_title="Nice picture which shows something" />

Styling

The plugin will create new html elements:

If an image caption is given:
<small class="caption">given caption here</small>: This elements will wrap the caption.

And if additionally the attribute align is used:
<span class="img-caption-{align}">image+caption</span>, where {align} will be your given align: This span is wrapped around the image and the caption. So you have the ability to set different paddings for different floats.

You can always use the wraptag attribute to wrap all with another html element.
Depending on your usage and used wraptag you have to clear the floats.

As of version 0.3 <txp:yab_image /> will produce (X)HTML-strict output. The align attribute in the image element will be completly removed. So the HTML-markup will be different from <txp:image />.

Download

yab_image_v0.4 plugin
yab_image v0.4 source

Changelog

  • 08-11-28 – v0.1
    • release
  • 08-11-30 – v0.2
    • added: alt_caption attribute for alternative captions
  • 09-04-08 – v0.3
    • removed image align attribute in html markup, so output will be (X)HMTL-strict
    • added different css classes for different floats for styling purpose
  • 10-09-24 – v0.4
    • can now handle hyperlinks in captions
    • added: alt_alt attribute for alternative img alt attribute
    • added: alt_title attribute for alternative img title attribute
    • added: alt_as_title attribute for alternative img title attribute

Kommentar

  1. # - Basil Carmody schrieb am 30. Dezember 2008, 18:10:

    Maniqui, on the TextPattern Forum, gave me the lead to your plug-in yab_image.

    I’m new to TextPattern and it is my first plug-in! Thank you very much for having created it.

    I don’t find in your write-up of the plug-in the instructions for specifying a normal caption. I only see the alt_caption function.

    Could you please tell me the normal way to specify a caption.

    Also, I had wanted to put two photos side-by-side, each with its own caption underneath. Is that possible?

    Many thanks,

    Basil

  2. # - trenc schrieb am 31. Dezember 2008, 12:00:

    Hi Basil,

    on textpattern normally you can give an image a default caption: Go to content->images-tab then edit your specific image and there under caption you can give the caption. If this image-specific caption is given and not empty so

    <txp:yab_image id="id of the image" />
    

    will use this caption as subtitle by default. If you want to publish this same image but with another caption/subtitle on your page you can use the alt_caption-attribute. But you can always use the alt_caption if you want. Even if the image-specific caption is not set:

    <txp:yab_image alt_caption="alternative caption here" id="id of the image" />
    

    Two images side by side is possible. Use <txp:yab_image /> twice in one line but both with the align-attribute. For instance:

    <txp:yab_image id="id of left image" align="left" /><txp:yab_image id="id of right image" align="right" />
    

    But by using this it’s possible that you have to clear the floating by yourself otherwise the following text will be floated too.

  3. # - Jadii schrieb am 10. April 2009, 15:03:

    what you need! thanks

  4. # - Jason Das schrieb am 11. April 2009, 02:50:

    Can this be made to work with the default article image rather than inserting the image id in the tag?

  5. # - trenc schrieb am 11. April 2009, 11:00:

    Hi Jason,

    I’ve answered you in the forum.

  6. # - Louis schrieb am 23. September 2010, 23:39:

    Hello,

    I would find this function very useful if I could use to credit photographers in the caption using their name and a link to their original. However, any way I try and get a link into the caption it messes up the txtp output whether I use textile or raw HTML. Do you know if it is possible to do this?

    Thanks, Louis

  7. # - trenc schrieb am 24. September 2010, 11:15:

    Hi Louis,

    you can theoretically use raw HTML in the caption. Unfortunatly the caption is additionally used by the alt and the title attribute in the image element, so raw html will break your HTML validity.

    But I think I could recode the plugin, so that the alternate text is used by the alt and title attribute. So that you can use the caption with raw HTML without breaking HTML validity.

  8. # - trenc schrieb am 24. September 2010, 15:15:

    Ok, done!

    See new version 0.4 above.

  9. # - James Martin schrieb am 20. Juli 2015, 02:56:

    What do I have to do to get the caption to center under the picture when the picture is smaller than the containing space?

    Example

  10. # - trenc schrieb am 20. Juli 2015, 09:11:

    You could use the following CSS:

    .img-caption-center small {
    	margin: 0 auto }
    





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