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Opened 3 months ago

#47444 new enhancement

Deprecate the caption field from the media modal

Reported by: andraganescu Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Media Keywords: 2nd-opinion early
Focuses: Cc:

Description

While working on keeping authored captions in Gutenberg (https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/15004), I realised that having "attachment captions", a property of "caption" for the attachment entity, makes little sense (to me).

A caption's role is to describe the figure in context. Alt text is a precise description of the image, which, yes, is common to all contexts, but caption seems to be directly influenced by where I use an image.

Say I have a picture of a beautiful apple. If I use it in an article about how Apple stock is doing well, then I might caption it "Apple stock is ripe to sell". However, if I use it in an article about the way Magic Mouse is charging, I might caption it "Thank God Apple didn't design apples". In both cases the Alt text would be "Picture of a ripe apple".

Can we, or is there at least a possibility, to deprecate having captions in the media modal attached to each image there?

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