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TLDR; It doesn't require you to learn Markdown coupled with a very low barrier to setup, topped with the collaborative editing benefits from Google.

A simplified framework and structure for using Google Docs editor to write, mange, and publish content to the web in a quick and friendly manner with minimal setup and configuration.

Sandbox & Local Development

mkdir ~/project
cd  ~/project
git clone
cd alice-docs/public
php -S localhost:2340

Then open this link in the browser of your choice: http://localhost:2340/


Once a document has been set as the content source (See Setting up a Google Document below), changes are published by Google every 5 minutes.

AliceDocs supports many formatting features found in a Google Document. In using these features, style information is captured and included within the published page.

This includes:

  • Styles
    • "Normal Text",
    • "Title", "Subtitle", and
    • "Heading 1" through "Heading 6"
  • Text Styles
    • Bold, Italic, Underline, color, highlight colors
  • Tables
  • Images
    • Embedded images are then hosted on Googles servers though I don't recommend using Google as your de facto image host.

Beyond that, support is ad-hoc and might vary as Google makes changes to their service. In general we've found that a lot of styles naturally comes through to AliceDocs.



key: value

The key is not case-sensitive. Its okay to have trailing spaces before or after the colon separator.

These are equivalent:

  • key:value
  • Key:value
  • KEY: value

The current supported keys are:

  • title: <text>
    • Provides a tile for the web page.
  • page: <page-name>
    • Define the beginning of content for a new page.
    • If you follow this with another title key, you can define the specific title for that page.
    • There is no hard-limit to the number of pages you can have by using more page keys.
  • image: <url>
    • Embed an external image (GIF, PNG, JPG only).
  • video: <url>
    • Embed an external video (MP4 only).
  • quote: <text>
    • Used primarily to allow this to document the key:value pairs on AliceDoc pages.
  • embed: <url>
    • Embed an external media item.
    • Supported media items include:
      • YouTube
        • Example: Embed:
      • Vimeo
        • Example: embed:
      • Giphy
        • Example: embed:
      • Twitter
        • Example: embed:
      • Instagram
        • Example: embed:
      • SoundCloud
        • Example: embed:;color=0066cc
      • Spotify
        • Example: embed:
      • Planned:
        • DocumentCloud
        • Google Maps

Setting up a Google Document:

Creating a new document

  1. Create a new Google Document by visiting this link:
  2. Copy/Paste this sample text into the document:
Hello World
Title: Hello
This is simple single page example. It really doesn't get more basic than this.
Google only allows updates to go through every 5 minutes so this isn't going to be any good for live-blogging. In addition, the code has local file caching set to 5 minutes so it could be anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes for changes to take affect.
Optimus Prime, known in Japan as Convoy, is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. He is the leader of the Autobots, a fictional group of sentient robots that can transform into other forms (e.g: cars and other objects). He is the most iconic of the Transformers, being frequently featured in popular culture.
  1. Go to: File > Publish to the web...
  2. Click Publish
  3. When asked to confirm, choose OK
  4. Copy the URL that appears in as the new link
  5. Click the "X" in top-right corner to close.

Getting the document ID

Now that you have the URL you need to get the ID from it. This is relatively easy.

The URL will look like this:

and you're interested in this part:

Modifying the code

  1. Open up public/index.php
  2. Update the line to reflect the ID of your document:
  • $response = $document->Run( "YOUR-DOCUMENT-ID" );

Here's one I made earlier...

There are a number of Google Documents already Published to the web that demonstrates styles and functionality. They include:

1. Hello World

  • Very basic example.
  • Document URL
  • Web Publish URL
    • Google ID is: 2PACX-1vQ76OboMhN5zvMZ43LMsu3SvnGts7m8eM3k0VAB5rL22KNjOISNNpN4xCMNyA0dwkf15pxjZ7z1C48i

2. Styles and Elements

  • Various supported text styling, fonts, headers and usag eof tables, images, css etc.
  • Document URL
  • Web Publish URL
    • Google ID is: 2PACX-1vTXpFXuIQJimIJ6rsD13XC-MHJnpDlarlWiYsBoL0cYBkYyyT0l9LJ7RNfRreod7QLwqCCTdaixJZhe

3. Pages

  • An example of using one document to manage 3 web pages
  • Document URL
  • Web Publish URL
    • Google ID is: 2PACX-1vR-pd40hZJdD073n53Ejt5OMqADdFYDUYj1JJuA1mbuppCqcWCZ3C9WG6xRMpDYXpGo_ZOt0gShfwMK

To Do

  • Question: Remove phpQuery as a dependency?
  • Lazy-load embeds and images by default via standardized JS
  • Syntax for indicating group of images to be treated as a Slideshow
  • New round of documentation on usage (multi-page, title, etc)
  • Embeds
    • Embed external media and elements.
    • Example: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Forms, etc.
  • Quote or escape things so I can show code snippets


Problems, Questions, Typos?

Pull Requests are welcome or create a new Issue plz.


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