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FPDF EasyTable

It is a PHP class that provides an easy way to make tables for PDF documents that are generated with the FPDF library.

Making tables for PDF documents with this class is as easy and flexible as making HTML tables. And using CSS-style strings we can customize the look of the tables in the same fashion HTML tables are styling with CSS.

No messy code with confusing arrays of attributes and texts.

No complicated configuration files.

Building and styling a table with easyTable is simple, clean and fast.

 $table=new easyTable($pdf, 3, 'width:100;');
 
 $table->easyCell('Text 1', 'rowspan:2; valign:T'); 
 $table->easyCell('Text 2', 'bgcolor:#b3ccff; rowspan:2');
 $table->easyCell('Text 3');
 $table->printRow();
 
 $table->rowStyle('min-height:20');
 $table->easyCell('Text 4', 'bgcolor:#3377ff; rowspan:2');
 $table->printRow();

 $table->easyCell('Text 5', 'bgcolor:#99bbff;colspan:2');
 $table->printRow();
 
 $table->endTable();

Content

Features

  • Table and columns width can be defined in mm or percentage

  • Every table cell is a fully customizable (font family, font size, font color, background color, position of the text, vertical padding, horizontal padding...)

  • Cells can span to multiple columns and rows

  • Tables split automatically on page-break

  • Set of header row, so the header can be added automatically on every new page

  • Attribute values can be defined globally, at the table level (affect all the cells in the table), at the row level (will affect just the cells in that row), or locally at the cell level

  • Rows can be set to split on page break if it does not fit in the current page or to be printed on the next page

  • Images can be added to table cells

  • Text can be added on top or below an image in a cell

  • UTF8 Support

  • Tag based font style which allows to mix different font families, font styles, font size and font color in the same cell! NEW FEATURE!!

  • Links NEW FEATURE!!

Comparisons

easyTable vs kind-of-HTML-to-PDF

To use HTML code to make tables for PDF documents is a kind of sloppy hack. To begin with to convert HTML code into a kind of FPDF you need a parcer meaning there is a penalty in performace; and second the results are very poor.

HTML code

<table align:"right" style="border-collapse:collapse">
  <tr>
    <td rowspan="2" style="width:30%; background:#ffb3ec;">Text 1</td>
    <td colspan="2" style="background:#FF66AA;">Text 2</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td style="width:35%; background:#33ffff;">Text 3 </td>
    <td style="width:35%; background:#ffff33;">Text 4 </td>
  </tr>
</table>

easyTable code

$table=new easyTable($pdf, '%{30, 35, 35}', 'align:R; border:1');
  $table->easyCell('Text 1', 'rowspan:2; bgcolor:#ffb3ec');
  $table->easyCell('Text 2', 'colspan:2; bgcolor:#FF66AA');
  $table->printRow();

  $table->easyCell('Text 3', 'bgcolor:#33ffff');
  $table->easyCell('Text 4', 'bgcolor:#ffff33');
  $table->printRow();
$table->endTable(5);

Examples

Requirements

  • PHP 5.6 or higher
  • FPDF 1.81.
  • exfpdf.php (included in this project)

Manual Install

Download the EasyTable class and FPDF class and put the contents in a directory in your project structure. Be sure you are using FPDF 1.81.

Quick Start

  • create a fpdf object with exfpdf class (extension of fpdf class)
  • create a easyTable object
    $table=new easyTable($pdf, 3, 'border:1');
  • add some rows
    $table->easyCell('Text 1', 'valign:T'); 
    $table->easyCell('Text 2', 'bgcolor:#b3ccff;');
    $table->easyCell('Text 3');
    $table->printRow();

    $table->rowStyle('min-height:20; align:{C}');   // let's adjust the height of this row
    $table->easyCell('Text 4', 'colspan:3');
    $table->printRow();
  • when it is done, do not forget to terminate the table
    $table->endTable(4);

Result

Documentation

function __construct( FPDF-object $fpdf_obj, Mix $num_cols[, string $style = '' ])

Description:

Constructs an easyTable object

Parameters:

fpdf_obj

the current FPDF object (constructed with the FPDF library)  
that is being used to write the current PDF document

num_cols

this parameter can be a positive integer (the number of columns)
or a string of the following form

I) a positive integer, the number of columns for the table. The width of every 
column will be equal to the width of the table (given by the width property) divided by 
the number of columns ($num_cols)

II) a string of the form '{c1, c2, c3,... cN}'. In this case every element in the curly 
brackets is a positive numeric value that represent the width of a column. Thus, 
the n-th numeric value is the width of the n-th colum. If the sum of all the width of 
the columns is bigger than the width of the table but less than the width of the document, 
the table will stretch to the sum of the columns width. However, if the sum of the columns 
is bigger than the width of the document, the width of every column will be reduce proportionally 
to make the total sum equal to the width of the document. 

III) a string of the form '%{c1, c2, c3,... cN}'. Similar to the previous case, but this time 
every element represents a percentage of the width of the table. In this case it the sum of 
this percentages is bigger than 100, the execution will be terminated.

style

the global style for the table (see documentation) a semicolon-separated string of attribute 
values that defines the default layout of the table and all the cells and their contents 
(see Documentation section in README.md)

Examples:

    $table= new easyTable($fpdf, 3);
    $table= new easyTable($fpdf, '{35, 45, 55}', 'width:135;');
    $table= new easyTable($fpdf, '%{35, 45, 55}', 'width:190;');

Return value:

An easyTable object

function rowStyle( string $style )

Description:

Set or overwrite the style for all the cells in the current row.

Parameters:

style

a semicolon-separated string of attribute values that defines the layout of all the cells and its content in the current row (see Documentation section in README.md)

Return values

Void

Notes:

This function should be called before the first cell of the current row

function easyCell( string $data [, string $style = '' ])

Description:

Makes a cell in the table

Parameters:

data
the content of the respective cell

style (optional) a semicolon-separated string of attribute values that defines the layout of the cell and its content (see Documentation section in README.md)

Return value

void

function printRow ( [ bool $setAsHeader = false ] )

Description:

This function indicates the end of the current row.

Parameters:

setAsHeader (optional) When it is set as true, it sets the current row as the header for the table; this means that the current row will be printed as the first row of the table (table header) on every page that the table splits on. Remark: 1. In order to work, the table attribute split-row should set as false. 2. Just the first row where this parameter is set as true will be used as header any other will printed as a normal row. 3. For row headers with cells that spans to multiple rows, the last the parameter should be set in the last row of the group. See example 2

Return values

Void

Note:

This function will print the current row as far as the following holds:

      total_rowspan=0

where total_rowspan is set as

      total_rowspan=max(total_rowspan, max(rowspan of cell in the current row))-1;

function endTable( [ int $bottomMargin = 2 ])

Description:

Unset all the data members of the easyTable object

Parameters:

bottomMargin (optional)

Optional. Specify the number of white lines left after the last row of the table. Default 2.

If it is negative, the vertical position will be set before the end of the table.

Return values

Void

Style String

In the same fashion as in-line CSS style, Easy Table uses strings of semicolon-separated pairs of properties/values to define the styles to be applied to the different parts of a table. A value set on a property at the table level will be inherited by all the rows (therefore all the cells) in the table. A value set on a property at the row level, will be overwrite the value inherited from the table and, will be passed to all the cells in that row, unless a cell defines its own value for that property.

In what follows, we are going to use the following notation:

C=cell
R=row
T=table

PROPERTY [C/R/T] means that the property PROPERTY can be set on cells, rows, table.

Full list of properties:

width [T]

The width property sets the width of a table. This property can be defined in millimetres or in percentage of the width of the document.

Syntax:

width:mm|%;

Examples:

width:145;
width:70%;

Default: the width of the document minus the right and left margin.

border [C/R/T]

The border property indicates if borders must be drawn around the cell or the cells. The value can be either a number:

0: no border
1: frame

or a string containing some or all of the following characters (in any order):

L: left border
T: top border
R: right border
B: bottom border

Default value: 0.

border-color [C/R/T]

The border-color property is used to set the colour of the border to be drawn around the cells. The value can be: Hex color code or RGB color code.

Syntax:

border-color: Hex |RGB;

Example:

border-color:#ABCABC;
border-color:#ABC;
border-color:79,140, 200;

Default value: the current drawn colour set in the document

Note: beware that when set this attribute at the cell level, because the borders of the cells overlap each other, the results might not be as expected on adjacent cell with different border color.

border-width [T]

The border-width property is used to set the width of the lines the border is made of.

Syntax:

border-width:0.5;

Default value: the current drawing line width of the document.

Note: beware that if the border-width is set to thick, the border might overlap the content of the cells. In that case you will have to set appropriate paddingX and paddingY on the cells. (See paddingX and paddingY properties below).

split-row [T]

This property indicate if a row that is at the bottom of the page should be split or not when it reaches the bottom margin, except for rows that contains cell that span to different rows, in this case the row splits. By the fault, any row that does not fit in the page is printed in the next page. Setting the property to false, it will split any row between the pages.

Example:

split-row:false;

l-margin [T]

This property indicate the distance from the left margin from where the table should start.

Syntax:

l-maring:mm;

Example:

l-maring:45;

Default value: 0.

min-height [R]

The min-height property set the minimum height for all the cells (with rowspan:1) in that specific row.

Syntax:

min-height:mm;

Example:

min-height:35;

Default value: 0.

align [C/R/T]

This property indicates the horizontal alignment of the element in which it is set. The values can be:

L: to the left
C: at the centre
R: to the right
J: justified (applicable just on cells)

Syntax for tables is:

align:A;
align:A{A-1A-2A-3A-4...};

Explanation: the first character indicates the horizontal alignment of the table (as far as l-margin is not set), while the optional string is a string of the form: {A-1A-2A-3A-4...} (curly brackets included) where A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, etc. can be L, C, R or J and the A-n letter indicates the horizontal alignment for the content of all the cells in the n-th row. If the number of rows is greater than the length of the optional string, the overflowed rows will have default alignment to the left (L).

Example: (table with 10 rows)

align:R{CCCLLJ};

means that the table is aligned to the right of the document, the content of the cells in the first three rows will be aligned at the centre, the content of the cells in the 4-th and 5-th rows will be aligned to the left and the the content of cells in the 6-th row will be aligned to the right, while the rest of the cell contents in the remaining rows will be aligned to the left.

Syntax for rows is

align:{A-1A-2A-3A-4...};

where A-1, A-2,... etc are as in the table case and with the same functionality: the A-n character indicates the alignment of the cells in the n-th column that are in the respective row.

Example:

align:{LRCCRRLJ}

Syntax for cells is

align:A;

where A can be L, C, R, J.

Default value: L.

valign [C/R/T]

The property valign defines the vertical alignment of the content of the cells. The values can be:

T: top
M: middle
B: bottom

Example:

valign:M; 

Default: T.

Remark: when using valign property on cell with image property set (see below), if the cell does not have text, the behaviour of valign is as expected, this is, the image is positioned accordingly to the value of valign. However, if the cell contains text, the image and the text are valign-ed in the middle of the cell but top (T) or middle (M) valign set the text on top of the image, while valign:B set the text under the image.

bgcolor [C/R/T]

The bgcolor property defines the background colour of the cells The value can be: Hex color code or RGB color code.

Syntax:

bgcolor:Hex | RGB;

Example:

bgcolor:#ABCABC;
bgcolor:#ABC;    
bgcolor:79,140, 200;

Default: the current fill color set in the document

font-family [C/R/T],

It can be either a name defined by the FPDF method AddFont() or one of the standard families (case insensitive):

Courier (fixed-width)
Helvetica or Arial (synonymous; sans serif)
Times (serif)
Symbol (symbolic)
ZapfDingbats (symbolic)

It is also possible to pass an empty string. In that case, the current family is kept.

Example:

font-family:times;

Default: the font-family set in the document.

font-style [C/R/T]

Possible values are (case insensitive):

empty string: regular
B: bold
I: italic
U: underline

or any combination. The default value is regular. Bold and italic styles do not apply to Symbol and ZapfDingbats.

Example:

font-style:IBU

Default: empty;

font-size [C/R/T]

Font size in points.

Example:

font-size:16;

Default: the current font size of the document.

font-color [C/R/T]

This property defines the color of the font for the cells The value can be: Hex color code or RGB color code.

Syntax:

font-color:Hex |RGB;

Example:

font-color:#ABCABC;
font-color:#ABC;    
font-color:79,140, 200;

Default value: the current font color set in the document

line-height [C/R/T]

The line-height property specifies the line height.

Syntax:

line-height:number;

Example:

line-height:1.2;

Default value: 1.

paddingX [C/R/T]

The paddingX property sets the left and right padding (space) of the cells.

Syntax:

paddingX:mm;

Example:

paddingX:4;

Default: 0.5.

paddingY [C/R/T]

The paddingY property sets the top and bottom padding (space) of the cells.

Syntax

paddingY:mm;

Example:

paddingY:3;

Default: 1.

colspan [C]

The colspan attribute defines the number of columns a cell should span.

Syntax:

colspan:4;

Default 1

rowspan [C] The rowspan attribute defines the number of rows a cell should span.

Syntax:

rowspan:2;

Default 1

img [C] The img attribute defines the image and its dimensions to be set in the cell.

Syntax:

img:image.png,w80,h50;
img:image.png,h50;
img:image.png;

If no dimensions are specified, the image dimensions are calculate proportionally to fit the width of the cell. If one out of the two dimensions (width or height) is specified but not the other the one that is not specified is calculated proportionally. Default value: empty.

Fonts And UTF8 Support

  1. Get the ttf files for the font you want to use and save them in a directory Fonts.

    NOTE: If you want to use bold, italic or bold-italic font styles you need the respective font files too.

    NOTE: the font must contain the characters you want to use

  2. Using the script makefont.php part of FPDF library (in the makefont directory)

    me@laptop:/path/to/FPDF/makefont$ php makefont.php /path/to/Fonts/My_font.ttf ENCODE
    

    Note: use the right encode in order to use utf-8 symbols FPDF: Tutorial 7.

    NOTE: the font must contain the characters corresponding to the selected encoding.

  3. The last command will create the files My_font.php and My_font.z in the directory /path/to/FPDF/makefont move those file to the directory /path/to/FPDF/font

  4. You are ready to use your fonts in your script:

    $pdf = new PDF();
    $pdf->AddFont('Cool-font','','My_font.php');  // Define the new font to use in the PDF object
    
    // more code
    
    $table=new easyTable($pdf, ...);
    $table->easyCell(iconv("UTF-8", "ENCODE",'Hello World'), 'font-color:#66686b;font-family:Cool-font');
    //etc...
    
  5. Example: we get a ttf font file (my_font.ttf) that support the language and symbols we want to use. For this example we are using Russian. The encode that we are using for Russian is KOI8-R

    php makefont.php /path/to/font_ttf/my_font.ttf KOI8-R
    

    then we copy the resulting files to the font directory of FPDF library.

    Then, in our script:

    $pdf = new PDF();
    
    $pdf->AddFont('FontUTF8','','my_font.php'); 
    
    $pdf->SetFont('FontUTF8','',8); // set default font for the document 
    
    $table=new easyTable($pdf, ...);
    
    $Table->easyCell(iconv("UTF-8", "KOI8-R", "дебет дефинитионес цу")); // Notice the encode KOI8-R
    

    or

    $pdf = new PDF();
    $pdf->AddPage();
    $pdf->SetFont('Arial','B',16);
    
    $pdf->AddFont('FontUTF8','','my_font.php'); 
    
    $table=new easyTable($pdf, 5, '...');	
    $Table->easyCell(iconv("UTF-8", "KOI8-R", "дебет дефинитионес цу"), 'font-family:FontUTF8;'); 
    

    NOTE: For more about the right encode visit FPDF: Tutorial 7 and php inconv

Using with FPDI

If your project requieres easyTable and FPDI, this is how you should do it. Assuming that fpdf.php, easyTable.php, exfpdf.php, fpdi.php and any other files from this libraries are in the same directory.

The class exfpdf should extends the class fpdi instead of the class fpdf. So in exfpdf.php:

<?php

class exFPDF extends FPDI
{
etc
etc

And in your project:

<?php
include 'fpdf.php';
include 'fpdi.php';
include 'exfpdf.php';
include 'easyTable.php';

//$pdf = new FPDI(); remember exfpdf is extending the fpdi class
$pdf=new exFPDF(); // so we initiate exFPDF instead of FPDI

// add a page
$pdf->AddPage();
// set the source file
$pdf->setSourceFile("example-2.pdf");
// import page 1
$tplIdx = $pdf->importPage(1);
// use the imported page and place it at point 10,10 with a width of 100 mm
$pdf->useTemplate($tplIdx, 10, 10, 100);

//add another page
$pdf->AddPage();
$pdf->SetFont('helvetica','',10);

$table1=new easyTable($pdf, 2);
$table1->easyCell('Sales Invoice', 'font-size:30; font-style:B; font-color:#00bfff;');
$table1->easyCell('', 'img:fpdf.png, w80; align:R;');
$table1->printRow();
//etc
//etc

Tag Based Font Style

The new version of FPDF EasyTable can handle tag-based font styles at string level.

$table->easyCell('Project: EasyTable', 'font-family:lato; font-size:30; font-color:#00bfff;');

now we can do:

$table->easyCell('<b>Project:</b> <s "font-size:20; font-family:times">EasyTable</s>', 'font-family:lato; font-size:30; font-color:#00bfff;');

The font style set at the string level will over write any other font style set at the cell, row or table level.

Please see the example

Tags

<s "fontstyle">

font-style is a semicolon separated string which can include: font-size, font-family, font-style, font-color, href;

Note: Remember to define every font your project needs.

$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','','my_font.php');   
$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','B','my_font_bold.php');   
$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','I','my_font_italic.php');   
$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','BI','my_font_bolditalic.php');   

font-color can be Hex color code or RGB color code.

Shortcuts

<b></b> is equalt to: <s "font-style:B"></s>
<i></i> is equalt to: <s "font-style:I"></s>

Tags can be nested

When nested tags are used, the result is similar to the case in HTML documents.

<b>Helo <i>world</i></b>

 <s "font-style:I; font-color#abc123; font-family:times">Hello  <s "font-style:B; font-family:lato; font-size:20">world</s></s>
  • Different font style can be applied to the letters of a word.
	<b>H<i>e</i><s "font-family:myfont">ll<s "font-size">o</s></s></b> 

Links

Use the property 'href' to set links

<b>Helo <s "font-family:my_fab_font; font-color:#AABBCC; href:http://www.example.com">world</s></b>

Escape sequence

The sequence '\<s' is parced as '<s'

<b>Helo <s "font-family:my_fab_font;">\<sammy@example.com></s></b>

Common Error

One very common error is to forget to add the fonts and its different style (I, B, IB) used in the document. Let's suppose that in your document you use "my_favourite_font". Then you need to add

$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','','my_favourite_font.php'); 

if you are using the bold version of it, then you must add:

$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','B','my_favourite_font_bold.php');   

if you are using the italic version, then you need to add:

$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','I','my_favourite_font_italic.php');   

if you are using the bold-italic, then

$pdf->AddFont('MyFabFont','BI','my_favourite_font_bolditalic.php');

You need to generate each of the font files that needs to be added in your project ('my_favourite_font_bold.php', 'my_favourite_font_italic.php', 'my_favourite_font_bolditalic.php'), refer to your font documentation and see Fonts And UTF8 Support.

Get In Touch

Your comments and questions are welcome: easytable@yandex.com (with the subject: EasyTable)

Donations

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Holly Molly people, you are so tight! :-D

If you are using this for the company you work for, they are getting the money, you are getting the medals and I am getting nothing! Is that fair?

Or at least put some stars to the project.

Donate

License

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