1. Fabrik 3.8.1 has been released. It is mostly bug fixes and feature enhancements, but does include two new plugins (push notifications, and the sequence element). As usual we strongly recommend testing the new release on a sandbox if your application is mission critical, and always do an Akeeba backup before updating.

Render a single element in a form

Nov 29, 2013
Render a single element in a form
  • In your form templates element's are rendered in the sub template default_group.php


    Is an array of element objects, keyed on the element name.
    By default the default_group.php sub template loops over the element's and renders them all out.

    Often in a custom template we want to get a specific element, so if I wanted to access the element named 'age' I could do:


    $ageElement = $this->elements['age'];
    Each element is an object with a series of properties:
    • plugin - the element's plugin e.g. 'field'
    • id - Unique reference, e.g. 'tablename___name'
    • element - the HTML field e.g. <input .... />
    • label_raw - the label as plain text
    • label - the label text wrapped in its <label/> tag
    • value - the value assigned to the element
    • error - any error message generated from a fail validation
    • column (fabrik 3.0 only) css used to build group columns
    To output the element's value we can write this PHP:

    echo $ageElement->value;