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Posted by LucasSpl  · 13-12-2021 - 11:19

Hello, I found a border color bug, here is my analysis :

My php tail is regularly filled with php warning.

PHP Warning:  Trying to access array offset on value of type null in /var/www/[...]/PhpDocx/classes/DOMPDF_lib.php on line 4400

After some research, i found that the origin of the bug is due to a malformed html

<table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 16cm; margin-left: 5.4pt;" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
      <tr style="height: 17pt;">
         <td style="width: 16cm; border: 1pt solid windowtext; padding: 0cm 5.4pt;">
            <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt 1.7pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt;">N° 2021-07-41</span></strong></p>

and more precisely le td style border: 1pt solid windowtext;, you noticed windowtext is not a valid css color.

In search of a correction, I found that the warning is launched when calling the protected function _get_border in classes\DOMPDF_lib.php

protected function _get_border($side) {
    $color = $this->__get("border_" . $side . "_color"); // Returns null

    return $this->__get("border_" . $side . "_width") . " " .
      $this->__get("border_" . $side . "_style") . " " . $color["hex"]; // Php warning because $color is null

I thought of

if (!(isset($color) && is_array($color) && isset($color['hex']))) {
    $color = ['hex' => "#000000"];

This correction was not very clean, so I looked for another solution.

Do you remember windowtext is not a valid color ? So i looked for a parent function that will handle colors, and i found munge_colour in classes\DOMPDF_lib.php
In this function, there is a cascade of if and else if, but no if, si when the color is invalid or unrecognized, the function returns nothing, _get_border therefore has a variable of the wrong type

I propose as a correction to add another else if in the function munge_colour

[...] else if($colour !== "inherit") {
    return $this->getArray("000000");


Posted by admin  · 13-12-2021 - 11:39


Thanks for the detailed feedback.

Using not valid attributes/values when importing HTML/CSS may return a warning as your case details when using a not valid color. The lastest release of phpdocx handles this specific case to avoid the PHP warning.

phpdocx 12 includes the following change that sets an empty color if the variable is not set in the _get_border method:

$color = $this->__get("border_" . $side . "_color");
if (!isset($color['hex'])) {
  $color['hex'] = '';