HTML Extended

HTML Extended


Thanks to the HTML Extended functionality, it is possible to invoke phpdocx methods and options not available through standard HTML tags. Thus, you can add contents such as headers, footers, comments, table of contents, cross-references and many other contents types, insert new sections, access properties not available in CSS and even add WordFragments.

This feature, available for Premium licenses, integrates with the embedHTML and replaceVariableByHTML methods with a set of custom tags that can be combined even with other HTML and CSS contents.

Supported contents

Supported contents

This is the complete list of supported contents and their default tags:

  • addBookmark: phpdocx_bookmark
  • addBreak: phpdocx_break
  • addComment: phpdocx_comment
  • addCrossReference: phpdocx_crossreference
  • addDateAndHour: phpdocx_dateandhour
  • addEndnote: phpdocx_endnote
  • addFooter: phpdocx_footer
  • addFootnote: phpdocx_footnote
  • addFormElement: phpdocx_formelement
  • addHeader: phpdocx_header
  • addHeading: phpdocx_heading
  • addImage: phpdocx_image
  • addLink: phpdocx_link
  • addMathEquation: phpdocx_mathequation
  • addMergeField: phpdocx_mergefield
  • addPageNumber: phpdocx_pagenumber
  • addSection: phpdocx_section
  • addShape: phpdocx_shape
  • addSimpleField: phpdocx_simplefield
  • addStructuredDocumentTag: phpdocx_structureddocumenttag
  • addTableContents: phpdocx_tablecontents
  • addText: phpdocx_text
  • addTextBox: phpdocx_textbox
  • addWordFragment: phpdocx_wordfragment
  • addWordML: phpdocx_wordml

As explained further on, tags used on each method can be customized.

Tag types

Tags are divided in two types: inline and block.

The inline ones do not admit children elements. They are the following:

  • phpdocx_bookmark
  • phpdocx_break
  • phpdocx_crossreference
  • phpdocx_dateandhour
  • phpdocx_formelement
  • phpdocx_heading
  • phpdocx_image
  • phpdocx_link
  • phpdocx_mathequation
  • phpdocx_mergefield
  • phpdocx_pagenumber
  • phpdocx_section
  • phpdocx_shape
  • phpdocx_simplefield
  • phpdocx_structureddocumenttag
  • phpdocx_tablecontents
  • phpdocx_text
  • phpdocx_textbox
  • phpdocx_wordfragment
  • phpdocx_wordml

The block ones allow children, either of the HTML or the HTML Extended tags. They are the following:

  • phpdocx_comment
  • phpdocx_endnote
  • phpdocx_footer
  • phpdocx_footnote
  • phpdocx_header

Options for each method are added with custom data attributes. You just need to write the option name after the prefix data-. E.g.: data-bold="true", data-type="start" o data-type="default".


HTML Extended is as easy to use as standard HTML tags. It is just necessary to enable the useHTMLExtended option to start working with the custom tags.

Insert two bookmarks and a paragraph:

Add a TOC based on headings created with HTML and phpdocx tags:

Place headers and footers:

Add comments, endnotes and footnotes:

As shown in this last example, comments, endnotes and footnotes require a specific structure in order to correctly add all their content.

How to customize the tags

Tags related to each method can be customized with two static variables: HTMLExtended::$tagsBlock and HTMLExtended::$tagsInline

For example, to define "header" and "footer" as tags associated to addHeader and addFooter: