addSimpleField

addSimpleField

BASIC / ADVANCED / PREMIUM

Inserts a Word field into your Word document.

Description
public addSimpleField ( string $fieldName [, string $type [, string $format [, array $options]]] )

This method allows you to insert different types of Word fields into your Word document.

Among the automatic fields that you may insert are:

  • AUTHOR
  • COMMENTS
  • DOCPROPERTY
  • FILENAME
  • FILESIZE
  • KEYWORDS
  • LASTSAVEDBY
  • NUMCHARS
  • NUMPAGES
  • NUMWORDS
  • SUBJECT
  • TEMPLATE
  • TITLE

Beware that, of course, some of these fields (like, for example, AUTHOR) have to be previously defined in the Word document. This can be achieved either via the use of a customized base template or with the help of the addProperties method.

There are specific methods for the insertion of dates and page numbers that allow for a further customization of the resulting field. If the updateFields option is not set to true, in certain cases, the user may need to press F9 in the MS Word interface to update the field value. Please, check for each particular case in the resulting Word document.

Parameters

fieldName

The field value.

type

The possible values are general (default), numerical or alphabetical.

format

This requires a working knowledge of the Word simple fields available formats (see, for example, this web page). Beware that you should omit the \*, \# and the \@ chunks that are already taken into account in the type parameter. The default value is empty.

options

Key Type Description
doNotShadeFormData bool If true does not shade the corresponding field. Default value is false.
updateFields bool If true the user will be prompted to update the field data on opening the ord document. Check case by case if you need to activate this property. The default value is false.

The possible keys and values are:

Key Type Description
pStyle string Word style to be used. Run parseStyles() method to check all available paragraph styles.
backgroundColor string Hexadecimal color value: FF0000, 000000...
bidi bool Sets to true for right to left languages like Hebrew or Arabic.
bold bool If true the text will be shown in bold characters.
border string Available values are:
  • none (default)
  • double
  • dashed
  • outset
  • inset
  • threeDEmboss
  • threeDEngrave
You can access to the complete list in: Border Styles.
borderBottom string Overwrites the general border type for the bottom border of the paragraph.
borderLeft string Overwrites the general border type for the left border of the paragraph.
borderTop string Overwrites the general border type for the top border of the paragraph.
borderRight string Overwrites the general border type for the right border of the paragraph.
borderColor string Hexadecimal color value: FF0000, 000000...
borderBottomColor string Overwrites the general border color for the bottom border of the paragraph.
borderLeftColor string Overwrites the general border color for the left border of the paragraph.
borderTopColor string Overwrites the general border color for the top border of the paragraph.
borderRightColor string Overwrites the general border color for the right border of the paragraph.
borderSpacing int Separation between border and text in points.
borderBottomSpacing int Overwrites the general border spacing for the bottom border of the paragraph.
borderLeftSpacing int Overwrites the general border spacing for the left border of the paragraph.
borderTopSpacing int Overwrites the general border spacing for the top border of the paragraph.
borderRightSpacing int Overwrites the general border spacing for the right border of the paragraph.
borderWidth int Border width in eigths of a point.
borderBottomWidth int Overwrites the general border width for the bottom border of the paragraph.
borderLeftWidth int Overwrites the general border width for the left border of the paragraph.
borderTopWidth int Overwrites the general border width for the top border of the paragraph.
borderRightWidth int Overwrites the general border width for the right border of the paragraph.
caps bool If true displays text in capital letters.
color string Hexadecimal color value: 'FF0000', '000000'...
contextualSpacing bool If true ignores spacing above and below the paragraph whenever the neighbouring paragraphs use the same Word style (false by default).
doubleStrikeThrough bool If true displays text in doubleStrikeThrough.
em string Emphasis mark type: 'none', 'dot', 'circle', 'comma', 'underDot'.
firstLineIndent int First line indentation in twentieths of a point (twips).
font string Font family: 'Arial', Calibri'...
fontSize int Font size in points.
hanging int Paragraph hanging in twentieths of a point (twips).
headingLevel int The heading level if you want this paragraph to be a heading.
italic string If true displays the text in italics.
indentLeft int Left margin in points.
indentRight int Right margin in points.
keepLines bool Keeps (whenever possible) all the current paragraph lines on the same page.
keepNext bool Keeps (whenever possible) in the same page the current paragraph with next paragraph.
lineSpacing int 120, 240 (standard), 360, 480... (in twentieths of a point).
pageBreakBefore bool If true forces a page break before the paragraph.
position int Position value. Positive value for raised and negative value for lowered.
rtl bool Sets to true for right to left languages like Hebrew or Arabic.
scaling int Scaling value, 100 is the default value.
smallCaps bool If true displays text in small capital letters.
spacingBottom int Bottom padding in twentieths of a point.
spacingTop int Top padding in twentieths of a point.
strikeThrough bool If true displays text in strikethrough.
tabPositions array Each entry is an associative array with the following keys and values:
  • 'type' (string) can be clear, left (default), center, right, decimal, bar and num.
  • 'leader' (string) can be none (default), dot, hyphen, underscore, heavy and middleDot.
  • 'position' (int) given in twentieths of a point.
If there is a tab and the tabPositions array is not defined the standard tab position (default of 708) will be used.
textAlign string Text alignment within paragraph. Possible values are: center, right, both and distribute.
textDirection string Text flow direction within a table cell. Possible values are: lrTb, tbRl, btLr, lrTbV, tbRlV and tbLrV.
underline string Underlines text. Possible values are: single, words, double, dotted, dash and wave.
underlineColor string Underlines text with a color: 'FF0000', '000000'...
vanish bool Uses a vanish style.
widowControl bool Prevents Word from printing the last line of a paragraph by itself at the top of the page (widow) or the first line of a paragraph at the bottom of a page (orphan).
wordWrap bool Allows line breaking at character level (default value is false).
Code samples

Example #1

The resulting Word document looks like: