Image tags

If you're writing your own HTML template you can use [image] tags in the source code to create an image block. The tag is meant to help with the structure of your document and indicates where images can be placed when making the document.

Copernica recommends naming all tags you use in a document with a name attribute. This will ensure that your documents remain intact when you change the order of the tags or decide to add a new one to add more content. By using a name attribute you can find the correct blocks in the template from the image on document level, even if you do change the template and the order of the tags.


In the simplest case the image that is added by the document maker will be added to the template unaltered, even if this image is so large or small it will ruin the rest of the layout. However, there are different attributes to prevent this, such as the attributes for a minimum/maximum size and the attribute to force a size.

For example if you want to be sure the image is exactly 100x100 pixels you can enforce this with the following attributes in the [image] tag:

[image name="example" width="100" height="100"]

If the image does not match exactly it will be enlarged or made smaller. Besides the fixed height and width attributes there are the minimum and maximum height/width attributes, which specify minimum and maximum sizes. Using these you can specify that an image should be anywhere between 100x100 and 150x150 pixels, for example.

[image name="example" minwidth="100" maxwidth="150" minheight="100" maxheight="150"]

If an image does not satisfy these criteria they will be enlarged or made smaller, keeping as close to the original width/height ratio as possible.

Optional images

If a template maker would use a regular [image] tag, but the document maker doesn't use it the space for the [image] tag would be empty, because it would be automatically replaced by a transparent image.

The [image] tag has an attribute to indicate that it is optional, however, meaning that an image will only be placed if the user explicitly adds an image for the tag. This option will make the tag look as following.

[image name="example" optional="yes"]

Begin and end code

It's also possible to add two attributes begin and end to the [image] tag. The begin and end attributes are added to the start and end of the HTML code respectively, but only if the image block is used. They are used like this:

[image name="example" begin="<div class=x>" end="</div>"]

In this case a class is placed around the image, allowing the stylesheet to modify the layout of the image accordingly. It's also possible to add other HTML code to these tags.

Class toevoegen

Add a class to your image block.

[image name='example' class='className']

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