ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015

10 Article Authoring Tag Set, version 1.1 • 10.5 Attributes

10.5.76 @position Position

Typically indicates whether a display object (for example, figure, table, boxed text) must be anchored in its exact location within the text or may float to a different location in the document (for example, top of the next page, into the next column, within a separate window). Also used to indicate that the display object should be placed in the margin or used as a background image behind the text.

In elements <boxed-text>, <chem-struct-wrap>, <code>, <fig>, <graphic>, <media>, <preformat>, <supplementary-material>, and <table-wrap>, this attribute will be assigned the value float by default.
Value Meaning
anchor The object must remain in its exact location in the text flow.
background The object (typically an image) is used as background displayed visually behind the narrative text.
float The object is not anchored and may be moved to a new column, a new window, a new page, the end of the document, etc.
margin In print, the object should be placed in the margin or gutter; online, the object should remain closely associated with the text.