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This post is part of my Today I learned series in which I share all my web development learnings.

Today I came across a tweet by CSS-Tricks. It shares the behavior of the CSS property caption-side that I haven't seen caption-side before.

The property can be used with HTML tables that include a caption element. The clue with caption elements is that according to the spec they have to be the table's first child element.

This rule makes them usually appear in the top of the table and gives no options for a different position.

  <caption>Populations of cities</caption>
    <td>New York City</td>

As it turns out, you can use CSS caption-side to move the position of the caption element somewhere else. Safe-to-use values are unfortunately only top and bottom. right, left and a few others are available but not cross-browser supported.

The following lines of CSS change the position of the caption element to the bottom, even though it's the first element inside of the table! 🎉

table {
  /* moves the caption to the bottom */
  caption-side: bottom;

Visualisation of the caption CSS property including two tables: one with the caption in the top region (caption-side: top) and one with the caption in the bottom region (caption-side: bottom)

If you want to read more about the caption-side property, head over to MDN or CSS-Tricks.

Additionally, if you want to see it in action, you can have a look at this CodePen.

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