The EasyImageCaption plugin generates captions from images' TITLE or ALT tags in articles and displays them below (or above) the images.
HOW IT WORKS
Before displaying a website the EasyImageCaption plugin searches the article text for images. It then takes the content of an image's ALT or TITLE tag (depending on your plugin settings) to use it as the image's caption. You may restrict the "captionizing" to certain articles or certain images through the plugin's parameters.
EasyImageCaption requires PHP 5.2+ and Joomla! 1.5+. A version for Joomla 1.6+ is available, too.
Reviews are welcome.
Look at the download page for the version history.
In the Joomla! help forums some people were offering complicated CSS workarounds to this problem. I didn't want to deal with that.
One person in a Joomla! forum mentioned EasyImageCaption.
I tried it, and really like it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to do a lot of photo captioning, and doesn't like the JCE editor replacement for TinyMCE.
I don't like JCE because I have a dark background on my page and JCE requires, you guessed it, changes to various CSS files, and creation thereof, for you to see white in the edit box if your page has a dark background.
Anyway, thank you again, or as they say in German -- I believe the author is German,
Thanks for your review.
I am sorry for the imperfectness of my documentation. I guess this is due to my not-so-good English - will try to improve it.
I just installed this extension and, so far, it works just fine. Our site does not have a photo gallery installed, so I can't speak to conflicts in that area. Testing so far is with Firefox 3.x and IE 7.
I was able to modify the appearance of captions by adding a bit of code to the template.css file. However, the fact that one needs to mess with CSS keeps me from giving this extension a rating of "Excellent" -- ideally, users should not have to be knowledgeable about CSS to do at least a little basic styling, e.g., make captions bold or italic or center them under the images. That's not to take anything away from this extension, though: using it is infinitely easier than messing around with the Joomla captions mechanism -- and it apparently works better, too. Thank you Mr. Römer!
Thanks for your review.
I understand the problem of "messing with CSS" you mentioned. So I guess I should add the option to define the styles within the plugin's parameters. Put this on my to to-do list for v0.2.
This rocks - install, enable and all your ALT text is now displayed in caption form, styled by your template.
It would be great to have some control over the style, e.g. text size, italics, etc.
Thanks for your positive review.
As you have said, the caption can be styled through the template's CSS file(s). Were you thinking about individual styling of captions in different articles? I may have an idea of how to add this function.