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From what I understand, it's pretty much impossible to include floats within an fbox/minipage. I basically want a paragraph of framed text with a couple of subfigures included within the frame. Any ideas as to how I might implement this?

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If you don't need a floating environment just use an fbox/minipage with \captionsetup{type=figure} as 1st line. Afterwards \caption, \subcaption(box), \subfloat etc. should work fine. (I'm assuming you are using either the subcaption or the subfig package for typesetting sub-figures.) – Axel Sommerfeldt Jan 4 '12 at 11:29
luser, please comment at least if this should be a floating environment or not. – Axel Sommerfeldt Jan 5 '12 at 12:13
I'm not sure if it needs to be a floating environment. I need text and two side-by-side figures surrounded by a box. If this can be done without a floating environment as above, then no, it needn't be floating. – luser Jan 11 '12 at 9:50
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For such things you can use packages like framed, mdframed, adjustbox or tcolorbox.

Every package has its own benefits and drawbacks: you can read the related documentation to get more information.

The following example uses tcolorbox. To provide subfigures I am using subcaption.

\caption{A subfigure}\label{fig:1a}
\caption{B subfigure}\label{fig:2a}

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