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How to insert cross-reference at a specific place
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Posted by arnaudbouchard  · 24-07-2018 - 23:01

Is it possible to insert a cross-reference (via the addCrossReference method, or anything more suitable if needed) to a specific place in my template? Same as I would do with insertWordFragment + referenceNode.


Posted by arnaudbouchard  · 25-07-2018 - 04:58

I tried setting up a wordML with the following:

$wordML = '<w:r><w:fldChar w:fldCharType="begin"/></w:r>';
$wordML .= '<w:r><w:instrText xml:space="preserve">' . 'REF ' . $crossRefName . '</w:instrText></w:r>';
$wordML .= '<w:r><w:fldChar w:fldCharType="separate"/></w:r>';
$wordML .= '<w:r><w:t>' . $crossRefText . '</w:t></w:r>';
$wordML .= '<w:r><w:fldChar w:fldCharType="end"/></w:r>';

$bookmarkId = rand(9999999, 999999999);
$wordML .= '<w:bookmarkStart w:id="' . $bookmarkId . '" w:name="_GoBack"/>';
$wordML .= '<w:bookmarkEnd w:id="' . $bookmarkId . '"/>';

And then: 

$docx->replaceVariableByWordML(['myVar' => $wordML]);

But when opening the generated document I get the following error:

The Open XML file 'test.docx' cannot be opened because there are problems with the content or the file name might contain invalid characters. Unspecified error | Location: 2.

Where do you think the definition of my wordML is wrong?

Posted by admin  · 26-07-2018 - 07:23


Yes, you can use addCrossReference using a bookmark as any other content to generate a WordFragment and then use DOCXPath. Please check the included examples in the DOCXPath folder of your package to view similar samples.

If you open a ticket on, the dev team will generate a custom script to illustrate how to do it.