Captions, titles and subtitles

Captions can be very useful to highlight key messages within a table. Captions are optional and should only be used where there is an appropriate story.

Titles should be clear and concise, noting the main axes of the table, unless one of the categories is included in the subtitle. Don’t use capital letters for table titles or headings in tables.

Subtitles should include the geography and a time period, either a single year or the range of years covered in the data.

The heading should be slightly larger than the table font and in bold. 

The gap between male and female life expectancy has narrowed

Life expectancy at birth by sex
UK, 1980 to 2014