I have an org-file, which I've wrapped in a div for html export. This div is necessary because it is targeted by some custom css.

#+html: <div id="wrapper-div">

* Section One
* Section Two
* Etc.

#+html: </div>

The problem is that the </div> always gets folded into the last section. This wouldn't be a huge deal, but it's annoying when I add a new section to the end because this misplaces the </div> tag (being folded into the previous section).

Can I somehow mark the line, #+html: </div>, as non-collapsible?


You can not add something to the top-level after introducing a heading.

However, there might be another solution for you by advising the export functions. I prepared two examples on how to achieve what you want, since I do not know whether you want to cover the content including the table of content or not. The first (org-html-template-around) covers also the table of content, the second (org-html-inner-template-around) only the content.

(defun org-html-template-around (org-fun &rest args)
  (let ((content (car args))
        (info (cadr args)))
    (apply org-fun (list (concat "<div id=\"wrapper-div\">"
(advice-add 'org-html-template :around #'org-html-template-around)

(defun org-html-inner-template-around (org-fun &rest args)
  (let ((content (car args))
        (info (cadr args)))
    (apply org-fun (list (concat "<div id=\"inner-wrapper-div\">"
(advice-add 'org-html-inner-template :around #'org-html-inner-template-around)

You may want to set a customization variable, probably buffer local, to enable and disable your addition on a per file basis.

(defvar-local org-html-inner-template-around-id nil
  "If non nil: wrap html export in div with id given by this var.")
(defun org-html-inner-template-around (org-fun &rest args)
  (let ((content (car args))
        (info (cadr args)))
    (when org-html-inner-template-around-id
      (setq content (concat (format "<div id=\"%s\">" org-html-inner-template-around-id)
    (apply org-fun (list content info))))
(advice-add 'org-html-inner-template :around #'org-html-inner-template-around-id)

Then you can set the variable in your org file, e.g. with the following first line:

# -*- org-html-inner-template-around-id: findme-as-div; -*-

See here for more information on specifying file variables.

If you use ox-twbs then advice org-twbs-template or org-twbs-inner-template respectively.

  • This is more complicated than I had hoped, but I appreciate the generality of your solution and your time in writing it out. Stupid question: where would the first two code blocks be defined? In the init file?
    – Chester
    Aug 23 '16 at 22:38
  • Yes, you can put the function definitions in your init.el. Be sure to have (require 'ox-html) before you try to advice-add.
    – theldoria
    Aug 24 '16 at 7:37

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