8.2 Display HTML widgets
Error: Functions that produce HTML output found in document targeting X output. Please change the output type of this document to HTML. Alternatively, you can allow HTML output in non-HTML formats by adding this option to the YAML front-matter of your rmarkdown file: always_allow_html: yes Note however that the HTML output will not be visible in non-HTML formats.
There is actually a better solution than the one mentioned in the above error message, but it involves extra packages. You can install the webshot package in R and also install PhantomJS:
Then if you knit an Rmd document with HTML widgets to a non-HTML format, the HTML widgets will be displayed as static screenshots. The screenshots are automatically taken in knitr. Section 2.10 of the bookdown book contains more information on finer control over the screenshots.