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Typography Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2023-04-04 "Jack Jackrum" unknown
  • 2022-07-31 "Igor" unknown
  • 2020-07-29 "Hogfather" yes
  • 2018-04-22 "Greebo" yes

plugin Enable typesetting capabilities with CSS font properties such as font face, size, weight, and color of text

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Conflicts with

Similar to fontcolor, fontfamily, fontsize2, wrap

Tagged with fonts, style, typography

Download and Installation

Search and install the plugin using the Extension Manager. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually.


Typography plugin extends DokuWiki markup by typesetting abilities. The <typo> markup tag specifies CSS font properties such as font face, size, weight, and color of text. The parameter consists of CSS property-value pairs (property: value;), each pair must be separated by semicolon (;) however last one may be omitted. You can use abbreviated short name instead of full property name.

Some specific short name are also available as markup tag; <ff> (font familiy/name), <fs> (size), <fc> (color), <bg> (background-color), <fw> (weight). Typography plugin fully replaces: fontfamily, fontsize2, and fontcolor.

short name css property name description
fc color color of text
bg background-color background color of text
fs font-size font size of text (large or small)
fw font-weight weight of a font (thick or thin characters in text)
fv font-variant display text in a small-caps font
ff font-family font family for text, must be single quoted if a font name contains white-space and non-ASCII characters
lh line-height space between the lines
ls letter-spacing an extra space between characters (in px, em, etc)
ws word-spacing an additional space between words (in px, em, etc)
sp white-space specifies how white-space is handled (preserve or collapse)
va vertical-align sets the vertical alignment
- text-transform controls the capitalization of text (capitalize, uppercase or lowercase)
- text-shadow adds shadow to text
wf (web-font) specify a web font class which prefixed “wf-”

Sometimes, inline styles are necessary when you are building a page by hand. You should however avoid them whenever possible for “semantic markup”, better maintainability, and reusability. The wrap plugin will provide most powerful and flexible method for specifying a class attribute.

Using short syntax with Toolbar menu

Typography plugin provides short name (or single property) syntax those are compatible with fontfamily, fontcolor, and fontsize2. If you have enabled these three plugin, the short syntax are treated by relevant plugins instead of this plugin. These short syntax are available through toolbar icons: .


Single parameter example:

<typo font-size:large;>Large</typo>, 
<typo fs:x-large>Very large</typo>, 
<fs:xx-large>Huge</fs>, and 
<fs smaller>smaller</fs> size text

Example 1

Multiple parameter example:

<typo fs:larger; fw:bold; ff:serif>Bold serif</typo>, 
<fs:large; fv:small-caps>Small-caps</fs> text

Example 2

Nesting syntax:

<ff:'Georgia', 'MS Serif', serif><fs:36px; lh:1.1>
There is nothing either good or bad, \\ but thinking makes it so.
<fs:smaller;>//-- William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2 scene 2//</fs></ff>

Example 3

Using Web font

For getting started with the Google Fonts API, you may add a stylesheet link to request the desired web font(s) in conf/meta.html file, for example:

<link rel="stylesheet"
.wf-tangerine { font-family: Tangerine, serif; }

Then you can use the font name (eg. Tangerine) in the font-family value:

<ff Tangerine; fs:48px>Making the Web Beautiful!</ff>
<wf:tangerine; fs:48px>Making the Web Beautiful!</wf>

Example 4

Renderer support

Starting with release 2014-10-13 this plugin also supports ODT export (Open Document Text format). On the left side you see a screenshot taken from a typography test page opened in a browser, on the right side you see the page exported to ODT:

XHTML rendering ODT rendering

As you might see there are currently some limitations regarding the ODT export:

  • altering the text size is currently not supported Altering the text size is supported since release 2015-04-02.
  • after a line-height typography tag is closed, a new paragraph begins. ODT only supports setting the line-height per paragraph. The XHTML renderer stays in the same line after the tag is closed.
  • word spacing is not supported by the ODT format
  • the white space options are currently not supported

Note: The ODT export feature of typography plugin requires PHP 5 >= 5.3.0


Typography plugin for DokuWiki was initially developed by Paweł Piekarski, original version (v0.1101 / 2011-01-18) is still available from .

Since 2014-07-28, the plugin code has moved to github repository to provide better accessibility for install and further development opportunity. Thanks Paweł for your early work and encouraging me to move the code to github. — s.sahara 2014-07-28 14:57

The ODT renderer feature is contribution from Lars (LarsDW223).

Change Log from github repository

ToDo/Wish List

  • add fw: (font-weight) and sp: (white-space) parameters
  • it would be nice to have the text-align parameter

Known Bugs and Issues

Not working

  • This plugin doesn't seem to be working at all for me. Is anyone else having the same problem? ~~lenehey 10/31/2010
  • I get just garbage out of this plugin. dokuwiki 2010-11-07a “Anteater”. Schplurtz. 13/03/2011
    • Can't second it. The first two given examples on the plugin homepage are working as they should. — M. S. 2011/03/14 18:17
    • The examples given worked fine in my “Anteater” — antoniomch 4/4/2011
    • This plugin works. There are only certain conditions in which it will work. I find that it does not work for lists, and thus need to apply the code to every single “bullet” in the list for it to apply. Not a huge issue, but using styled formatting works fine. -eiri. 12/13/2013
  • This plugin is incompatible with the EditTable plugin which is not working anymore when Typography is active. -Ronan 2014/08/04 (using DokuWiki Binky version)
    • The EditTable plugin worked fine with the Typography plugin on the DW “Ponder Stibbons”. — s.sahara 2014-08-06 02:40
  • The font weight does not work, please check and give an example 2015-08-07
    • For example try
      <typo fw:900;>Heavy text</typo>


  • All the features I've tried work fine with dokuwiki Release 2015-08-10a “Detritus”. You have to have those semi-colons though. I've used the <typo> and <fs> tags with great success.

The font color icon doesn't show up correctly

  • on USB Stick-Version of “Elenor Of Tsort” the color picker doesn't show colors. Did solve it by removing the if-case
    //if ($isSameHost && $isColorSet) {
    // }
    • Also tried to install font color plug in, still the same. - twdreamer 2017/04/10
  • Since 2016-05-16 version, no dependent of PHP GD library (gdlib) and color picker icons are rendered as SVG instead of PNG if gdlib is not available. I hope new version will work on USB Stick-Version of DokuWiki.
    s.sahara 2017-05-16 15:05
plugin/typography.txt · Last modified: 2020-07-31 07:34 by s-sahara

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