Work with the subpart DOCUMENT

Currently TYPO3 CMS puts our whole HTML template file between body tags. To get a valid HTML page, we should only put that part of our template inside these body tags, which really belongs between body tags. Again having a look at the TEMPLATE object in the TSref there is the property “workOnSubpart” which does exactly this. In this property you can name a subpart, which you want the TEMPLATE object to return. This subpart gets extracted from our HTML template file and is the only thing returned. Do you remember how we wrapped the whole content of the body tags of our HTML template in the subpart DOCUMENT? This was the reason to do that and we are going to use it now.

So we add to our template:

# Work with the subpart "DOCUMENT"
page.10.workOnSubpart = DOCUMENT

The resulting HTML output is a syntactically correct HTML page now. While the “outer part” of the output (like the <html> tag itself, the <head> tag and its content and the <body> tag itself) is created by TYPO3 CMS, the contents of the body tag are taken from our HTML template.

Configure marks/subparts

The names of the marks and subparts are now used in the TypoScript template to insert dynamic content into the HTML template at those places, where the marks respectively subparts are.

Having a look at the section on the TEMPLATE object you will notice that there are two properties which hold the configuration for subparts and marks.

Quite logically, inside the property “subparts” we can define the rendering instructions for our subparts and inside the property “marks” we can define the rendering instructions for the marks.

Let us add them to the setup of our TEMPLATE object:

// Configuration of SUBPARTS

// Define the subparts, which are inside the subpart DOCUMENT
page.10.subparts {


// Configuration of MARKS

// Define the marks inside the subpart DOCUMENT
page.10.marks {


Our subparts will be sub-properties of page.10.subparts and our marks will be subproperties of page.10.marks. When we define the marks and subparts in the next sections, it is important not to mix up those two code sections! Marks definitions put into subparts, or vice-versa, will simply not render.

For each mark and each subpart we will define which content object we want to use. Then we configure this content object to produce the output we want.

For each of the marks and subparts we will rebuild the structure of the HTML code, which we had in our template. After that we will have the same structure again, but the actual content in it will then be generated by TYPO3 CMS based on the pages and their content, which you have created in your TYPO3 CMS installation.


To avoid cluttering up the next chapters, when we define TypoScript configuration, we will only show the affected lines and not the whole configuration for each little change.

At the end of the chapter, you will find the whole configuration for a given mark or subpart, as a verification and summary.

The next sections will take you through the configuration steps for each subpart and mark.