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Using colspan makes last column disappear
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Posted by skinhat  · 29-12-2021 - 04:37

Im finding if I use a colspan like below in a table:

<table >
   <tr><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>3</td><td>4</td><td>5</td></tr>
   <tr><td>6</td><td colspan="3">7</td><td>8</td></tr>
 </table>

the output docx file is:

1 2 3 4

6 7

and is missing the last columns.

Im using Microsoft Word 365 (version 2111) and phpdocx premium-11.0-ns. Does display ok in Libre Office though

 

Posted by admin  · 29-12-2021 - 07:50

Hello,

MS Word can handle a limited number of columns with automatic widths. As general recommendation (https://www.phpdocx.com/documentation/cookbook/convert-html-to-word) when importing HTML with tables, please set the cell widths of at least the first row, and they will appear correctly in all DOCX readers. For example using width attributes:

$html = '
<table>
   <tr><td width="100">1</td><td width="100">2</td><td width="100">3</td><td width="100">4</td><td width="100">5</td></tr>
   <tr><td>6</td><td colspan="3">7</td><td>8</td></tr>
 </table>
';

$docx->embedHTML($html);

Or CSS styles:

$html = '
<style>
table tr:first-child td {
    width: 50px;
}
</style>
<table>
   <tr><td>1</td><td>2</td><td>3</td><td>4</td><td>5</td></tr>
   <tr><td>6</td><td colspan="3">7</td><td>8</td></tr>
 </table>';

$docx->embedHTML($html);

Regards.

Posted by skinhat  · 29-12-2021 - 08:11

Thanks. That works.