Figure Group

Container element for figures that are to be displayed together.


One figure may contain many graphics; this container element has been defined to combine more than one <fig> elements.

Related Essay: For a discussion on the use of <fig-group>, see Figures and Graphics.

Position: The @position attribute may be used to indicate whether this element must be anchored at its exact location within the text or whether it may float, for example, to the top of the next page, into the next column, to the end of a logical file, or within a separate window.


content-type Type of Content
id Identifier
orientation Orientation
position Position
specific-use Specific Use
xml:lang Language

Related Elements

Both figures (<fig>) and graphics (<graphic>) may appear either grouped within a <fig-group> or singly within textual material.

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  fig-group    %fig-group-model;                            >

Expanded Content Model

(label?, (caption)?, (alt-text | long-desc | email | ext-link | uri)*, (fig | alternatives | graphic | media)*)


The following, in order:

This element may be contained in:

<app>, <app-group>, <bio>, <body>, <boxed-text>, <disp-quote>, <floats-group>, <glossary>, <license-p>, <named-content>, <notes>, <p>, <ref-list>, <sec>, <styled-content>


No context is shown because <fig-group> is typically an artifact of the print layout process outside the narrative flow of the article.

<fig-group id="dogpix4">
  <caption><title>Figures 12-14 Bonnie Lassie</title>
  <p>Three perspectives on My Dog</p></caption>
  <fig id="fg-12">
   <caption><p>View A: From the Front, Laughing</p></caption>
     <graphic xlink:href="frontView.png"/>
  <fig id="fg-13">
   <caption><p>View B: From the Side, Best Profile</p></caption>
     <graphic xlink:href="sideView.png"/>
  <fig id="fg-14">
   <caption><p>View C: In Motion, A Blur on Feet</p></caption>
     <graphic xlink:href="motionView.png"/>