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Form Builder Fields#

Abstract Form Fields#

The following form field classes cannot be instantiated directly because they are abstract, but they can/must be used when creating own form field classes.

AbstractFormField#

AbstractFormField is the abstract default implementation of the IFormField interface and it is expected that every implementation of IFormField implements the interface by extending this class.

AbstractNumericFormField#

AbstractNumericFormField is the abstract implementation of a form field handling a single numeric value. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoCompleteFormField, ICssClassFormField, IImmutableFormField, IInputModeFormField, IMaximumFormField, IMinimumFormField, INullableFormField, IPlaceholderFormField and ISuffixedFormField. If the property $integerValues is true, the form field works with integer values, otherwise it works with floating point numbers. The methods step($step = null) and getStep() can be used to set and get the step attribute of the input element. The default step for form fields with integer values is 1. Otherwise, the default step is any.

AbstractFormFieldDecorator#

Only available since version 5.4.5.

AbstractFormFieldDecorator is a default implementation of a decorator for form fields that forwards calls to all methods defined in IFormField to the respective method of the decorated object. The class implements IFormfield. If the implementation of a more specific interface is required then the remaining methods must be implemented in the concrete decorator derived from AbstractFormFieldDecorator and the type of the $field property must be narrowed appropriately.

General Form Fields#

The following form fields are general reusable fields without any underlying context.

BooleanFormField#

BooleanFormField is used for boolean (0 or 1, yes or no) values. Objects of this class require a label. The return value of getSaveValue() is the integer representation of the boolean value, i.e. 0 or 1. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, ICssClassFormField, and IImmutableFormField.

CheckboxFormField#

Only available since version 5.3.2.

CheckboxFormField extends BooleanFormField and offers a simple HTML checkbox.

ClassNameFormField#

ClassNameFormField is a text form field that supports additional settings, specific to entering a PHP class name:

  • classExists($classExists = true) and getClassExists() can be used to ensure that the entered class currently exists in the installation. By default, the existance of the entered class is required.
  • implementedInterface($interface) and getImplementedInterface() can be used to ensure that the entered class implements the specified interface. By default, no interface is required.
  • parentClass($parentClass) and getParentClass() can be used to ensure that the entered class extends the specified class. By default, no parent class is required.
  • instantiable($instantiable = true) and isInstantiable() can be used to ensure that the entered class is instantiable. By default, entered classes have to instantiable.

Additionally, the default id of a ClassNameFormField object is className, the default label is wcf.form.field.className, and if either an interface or a parent class is required, a default description is set if no description has already been set (wcf.form.field.className.description.interface and wcf.form.field.className.description.parentClass, respectively).

DateFormField#

DateFormField is a form field to enter a date (and optionally a time). The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, ICssClassFormField, IImmutableFormField, and INullableFormField. The following methods are specific to this form field class:

  • earliestDate($earliestDate) and getEarliestDate() can be used to get and set the earliest selectable/valid date and latestDate($latestDate) and getLatestDate() can be used to get and set the latest selectable/valid date. The date passed to the setters must have the same format as set via saveValueFormat(). If a custom format is used, that format has to be set via saveValueFormat() before calling any of the setters.
  • saveValueFormat($saveValueFormat) and getSaveValueFormat() can be used to specify the date format of the value returned by getSaveValue(). By default, U is used as format. The PHP manual provides an overview of supported formats.
  • supportTime($supportsTime = true) and supportsTime() can be used to toggle whether, in addition to a date, a time can also be specified. By default, specifying a time is disabled.

DescriptionFormField#

DescriptionFormField is a multi-line text form field with description as the default id and wcf.global.description as the default label.

EmailFormField#

EmailFormField is a form field to enter an email address which is internally validated using UserUtil::isValidEmail(). The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoCompleteFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, ICssClassFormField, II18nFormField, IImmutableFormField, IInputModeFormField, IPatternFormField, and IPlaceholderFormField.

FloatFormField#

FloatFormField is an implementation of AbstractNumericFormField for floating point numbers.

IconFormField#

IconFormField is a form field to select a FontAwesome icon.

IntegerFormField#

IntegerFormField is an implementation of AbstractNumericFormField for integers.

IsDisabledFormField#

IsDisabledFormField is a boolean form field with isDisabled as the default id.

ItemListFormField#

ItemListFormField is a form field in which multiple values can be entered and returned in different formats as save value. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, ICssClassFormField, IImmutableFormField, and IMultipleFormField. The saveValueType($saveValueType) and getSaveValueType() methods are specific to this form field class and determine the format of the save value. The following save value types are supported:

  • ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_ARRAY adds a custom data processor that writes the form field data directly in the parameters array and not in the data sub-array of the parameters array.
  • ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_CSV lets the value be returned as a string in which the values are concatenated by commas.
  • ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_NSV lets the value be returned as a string in which the values are concatenated by \n.
  • ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_SSV lets the value be returned as a string in which the values are concatenated by spaces.

By default, ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_CSV is used.

If ItemListFormField::SAVE_VALUE_TYPE_ARRAY is used as save value type, ItemListFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the relevant array into the $parameters array directly using the object property as the array key.

MultilineTextFormField#

MultilineTextFormField is a text form field that supports multiple rows of text. The methods rows($rows) and getRows() can be used to set and get the number of rows of the textarea elements. The default number of rows is 10. These methods do not, however, restrict the number of text rows that can be entered.

MultipleSelectionFormField#

MultipleSelectionFormField is a form fields that allows the selection of multiple options out of a predefined list of available options. The class implements IAttributeFormField, ICssClassFormField, IFilterableSelectionFormField, IImmutableFormField, and INullableFormField. If the field is nullable and no option is selected, null is returned as the save value.

RadioButtonFormField#

RadioButtonFormField is a form fields that allows the selection of a single option out of a predefined list of available options using radiobuttons. The class implements IAttributeFormField, ICssClassFormField, IImmutableFormField, and ISelectionFormField.

RatingFormField#

RatingFormField is a form field to set a rating for an object. The class implements IImmutableFormField, IMaximumFormField, IMinimumFormField, and INullableFormField. Form fields of this class have rating as their default id, wcf.form.field.rating as their default label, 1 as their default minimum, and 5 as their default maximum. For this field, the minimum and maximum refer to the minimum and maximum rating an object can get. When the field is shown, there will be maximum() - minimum() + 1 icons be shown with additional CSS classes that can be set and gotten via defaultCssClasses(array $cssClasses) and getDefaultCssClasses(). If a rating values is set, the first getValue() icons will instead use the classes that can be set and gotten via activeCssClasses(array $cssClasses) and getActiveCssClasses(). By default, the only default class is fa-star-o and the active classes are fa-star and orange.

ShowOrderFormField#

ShowOrderFormField is a single selection form field for which the selected value determines the position at which an object is shown. The show order field provides a list of all siblings and the object will be positioned after the selected sibling. To insert objects at the very beginning, the options() automatically method prepends an additional option for that case so that only the existing siblings need to be passed. The default id of instances of this class is showOrder and their default label is wcf.form.field.showOrder.

It is important that the relevant object property is always kept updated. Whenever a new object is added or an existing object is edited or delete, the values of the other objects have to be adjusted to ensure consecutive numbering.

SingleSelectionFormField#

SingleSelectionFormField is a form fields that allows the selection of a single option out of a predefined list of available options. The class implements ICssClassFormField, IFilterableSelectionFormField, IImmutableFormField, and INullableFormField. If the field is nullable and the current form field value is considered empty by PHP, null is returned as the save value.

SortOrderFormField#

SingleSelectionFormField is a single selection form field with default id sortOrder, default label wcf.global.showOrder and default options ASC: wcf.global.sortOrder.ascending and DESC: wcf.global.sortOrder.descending.

TextFormField#

TextFormField is a form field that allows entering a single line of text. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAutoCompleteFormField, ICssClassFormField, IImmutableFormField, II18nFormField, IInputModeFormField, IMaximumLengthFormField, IMinimumLengthFormField, IPatternFormField, and IPlaceholderFormField.

TitleFormField#

TitleFormField is a text form field with title as the default id and wcf.global.title as the default label.

UrlFormField#

UrlFormField is a text form field whose values are checked via Url::is().

Specific Fields#

The following form fields are reusable fields that generally are bound to a certain API or DatabaseObject implementation.

AclFormField#

AclFormField is used for setting up acl values for specific objects. The class implements IObjectTypeFormField and requires an object type of the object type definition com.woltlab.wcf.acl. Additionally, the class provides the methods categoryName($categoryName) and getCategoryName() that allow setting a specific name or filter for the acl option categories whose acl options are shown. A category name of null signals that no category filter is used.

AclFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the relevant ACL object type id into the $parameters array directly using {$objectProperty}_aclObjectTypeID as the array key. The relevant database object action method is expected, based on the given ACL object type id, to save the ACL option values appropriately.

ButtonFormField#

Only available since version 5.4.

ButtonFormField shows a submit button as part of the form. The class implements IAttributeFormField and ICssClassFormField.

Specifically for this form field, there is the IsNotClickedFormFieldDependency dependency with which certain parts of the form will only be processed if the relevent button has not clicked.

CaptchaFormField#

CaptchaFormField is used to add captcha protection to the form.

You must specify a captcha object type (com.woltlab.wcf.captcha) using the objectType() method.

ContentLanguageFormField#

ContentLanguageFormField is used to select the content language of an object. Fields of this class are only available if multilingualism is enabled and if there are content languages. The class implements IImmutableFormField.

LabelFormField#

LabelFormField is used to select a label from a specific label group. The class implements IObjectTypeFormNode.

The labelGroup(ViewableLabelGroup $labelGroup) and getLabelGroup() methods are specific to this form field class and can be used to set and get the label group whose labels can be selected. Additionally, there is the static method createFields($objectType, array $labelGroups, $objectProperty = 'labelIDs) that can be used to create all relevant label form fields for a given list of label groups. In most cases, LabelFormField::createFields() should be used.

OptionFormField#

OptionFormField is an item list form field to set a list of options. The class implements IPackagesFormField and only options of the set packages are considered available. The default label of instances of this class is wcf.form.field.option and their default id is options.

SimpleAclFormField#

SimpleAclFormField is used for setting up simple acl values (one yes/no option per user and user group) for specific objects.

SimpleAclFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the relevant simple ACL data array into the $parameters array directly using the object property as the array key.

SingleMediaSelectionFormField#

SingleMediaSelectionFormField is used to select a specific media file. The class implements IImmutableFormField.

The following methods are specific to this form field class:

  • imageOnly($imageOnly = true) and isImageOnly() can be used to set and check if only images may be selected.
  • getMedia() returns the media file based on the current field value if a field is set.

TagFormField#

TagFormField is a form field to enter tags. The class implements IAttributeFormField and IObjectTypeFormNode. Arrays passed to TagFormField::values() can contain tag names as strings and Tag objects. The default label of instances of this class is wcf.tagging.tags and their default description is wcf.tagging.tags.description.

TagFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the array with entered tag names into the $parameters array directly using the object property as the array key.

UploadFormField#

UploadFormField is a form field that allows uploading files by the user.

UploadFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the array of wcf\system\file\upload\UploadFile\UploadFile into the $parameters array directly using the object property as the array key. Also it registers the removed files as an array of wcf\system\file\upload\UploadFile\UploadFile into the $parameters array directly using the object property with the suffix _removedFiles as the array key.

The field supports additional settings: - imageOnly($imageOnly = true) and isImageOnly() can be used to ensure that the uploaded files are only images. - allowSvgImage($allowSvgImages = true) and svgImageAllowed() can be used to allow SVG images, if the image only mode is enabled (otherwise, the method will throw an exception). By default, SVG images are not allowed.

Provide value from database object#

To provide values from a database object, you should implement the method get{$objectProperty}UploadFileLocations() to your database object class. This method must return an array of strings with the locations of the files.

Process files#

To process files in the database object action class, you must rename the file to the final destination. You get the temporary location, by calling the method getLocation() on the given UploadFile objects. After that, you call setProcessed($location) with $location contains the new file location. This method sets the isProcessed flag to true and saves the new location. For updating files, it is relevant, whether a given file is already processed or not. For this case, the UploadFile object has an method isProcessed() which indicates, whether a file is already processed or new uploaded.

UserFormField#

UserFormField is a form field to enter existing users. The class implements IAutoCompleteFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, IImmutableFormField, IMultipleFormField, and INullableFormField. While the user is presented the names of the specified users in the user interface, the field returns the ids of the users as data. The relevant UserProfile objects can be accessed via the getUsers() method.

UserPasswordField#

Only available since version 5.4.

UserPasswordField is a form field for users' to enter their current password. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IAttributeFormField, IAutoCompleteFormField, IAutoFocusFormField, and IPlaceholderFormField

UserGroupOptionFormField#

UserGroupOptionFormField is an item list form field to set a list of user group options/permissions. The class implements IPackagesFormField and only user group options of the set packages are considered available. The default label of instances of this class is wcf.form.field.userGroupOption and their default id is permissions.

UsernameFormField#

UsernameFormField is used for entering one non-existing username. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IImmutableFormField, IMaximumLengthFormField, IMinimumLengthFormField, INullableFormField, and IPlaceholderFormField. As usernames have a system-wide restriction of a minimum length of 3 and a maximum length of 100 characters, these values are also used as the default value for the field’s minimum and maximum length.

Wysiwyg form container#

To integrate a wysiwyg editor into a form, you have to create a WysiwygFormContainer object. This container takes care of creating all necessary form nodes listed below for a wysiwyg editor.

When creating the container object, its id has to be the id of the form field that will manage the actual text.

The following methods are specific to this form container class:

  • addSettingsNode(IFormChildNode $settingsNode) and addSettingsNodes(array $settingsNodes) can be used to add nodes to the settings tab container.
  • attachmentData($objectType, $parentObjectID) can be used to set the data relevant for attachment support. By default, not attachment data is set, thus attachments are not supported.
  • getAttachmentField(), getPollContainer(), getSettingsContainer(), getSmiliesContainer(), and getWysiwygField() can be used to get the different components of the wysiwyg form container once the form has been built.
  • enablePreviewButton($enablePreviewButton) can be used to set whether the preview button for the message is shown or not. By default, the preview button is shown. This method is only relevant before the form is built. Afterwards, the preview button availability can not be changed. Only available since WoltLab Suite Core 5.3.
  • getObjectId() returns the id of the edited object or 0 if no object is edited.
  • getPreselect(), preselect($preselect) can be used to set the value of the wysiwyg tab menu's data-preselect attribute used to determine which tab is preselected. By default, the preselect is 'true' which is used to pre-select the first tab.
  • messageObjectType($messageObjectType) can be used to set the message object type.
  • pollObjectType($pollObjectType) can be used to set the poll object type. By default, no poll object type is set, thus the poll form field container is not available.
  • supportMentions($supportMentions) can be used to set if mentions are supported. By default, mentions are not supported. This method is only relevant before the form is built. Afterwards, mention support can only be changed via the wysiwyg form field.
  • supportSmilies($supportSmilies) can be used to set if smilies are supported. By default, smilies are supported. This method is only relevant before the form is built. Afterwards, smiley availability can only be changed via changing the availability of the smilies form container.

WysiwygAttachmentFormField#

WysiwygAttachmentFormField provides attachment support for a wysiwyg editor via a tab in the menu below the editor. This class should not be used directly but only via WysiwygFormContainer. The methods attachmentHandler(AttachmentHandler $attachmentHandler) and getAttachmentHandler() can be used to set and get the AttachmentHandler object that is used for uploaded attachments.

WysiwygPollFormContainer#

WysiwygPollFormContainer provides poll support for a wysiwyg editor via a tab in the menu below the editor. This class should not be used directly but only via WysiwygFormContainer. WysiwygPollFormContainer contains all form fields that are required to create polls and requires edited objects to implement IPollContainer.

The following methods are specific to this form container class:

  • getEndTimeField() returns the form field to set the end time of the poll once the form has been built.
  • getIsChangeableField() returns the form field to set if poll votes can be changed once the form has been built.
  • getIsPublicField() returns the form field to set if poll results are public once the form has been built.
  • getMaxVotesField() returns the form field to set the maximum number of votes once the form has been built.
  • getOptionsField() returns the form field to set the poll options once the form has been built.
  • getQuestionField() returns the form field to set the poll question once the form has been built.
  • getResultsRequireVoteField() returns the form field to set if viewing the poll results requires voting once the form has been built.
  • getSortByVotesField() returns the form field to set if the results are sorted by votes once the form has been built.

WysiwygSmileyFormContainer#

WysiwygSmileyFormContainer provides smiley support for a wysiwyg editor via a tab in the menu below the editor. This class should not be used directly but only via WysiwygFormContainer. WysiwygSmileyFormContainer creates a sub-tab for each smiley category.

WysiwygSmileyFormNode#

WysiwygSmileyFormNode is contains the smilies of a specific category. This class should not be used directly but only via WysiwygSmileyFormContainer.

Example#

The following code creates a WYSIWYG editor component for a message object property. As smilies are supported by default and an attachment object type is given, the tab menu below the editor has two tabs: “Smilies” and “Attachments”. Additionally, mentions and quotes are supported.

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WysiwygFormContainer::create('message')
    ->label('foo.bar.message')
    ->messageObjectType('com.example.foo.bar')
    ->attachmentData('com.example.foo.bar')
    ->supportMentions()
    ->supportQuotes()

WysiwygFormField#

WysiwygFormField is used for wysiwyg editor form fields. This class should, in general, not be used directly but only via WysiwygFormContainer. The class implements IAttributeFormField, IMaximumLengthFormField, IMinimumLengthFormField, and IObjectTypeFormNode and requires an object type of the object type definition com.woltlab.wcf.message. The following methods are specific to this form field class:

  • autosaveId($autosaveId) and getAutosaveId() can be used enable automatically saving the current editor contents in the browser using the given id. An empty string signals that autosaving is disabled.
  • lastEditTime($lastEditTime) and getLastEditTime() can be used to set the last time the contents have been edited and saved so that the JavaScript can determine if the contents stored in the browser are older or newer. 0 signals that no last edit time has been set.
  • supportAttachments($supportAttachments) and supportsAttachments() can be used to set and check if the form field supports attachments.

!!! warning "It is not sufficient to simply signal attachment support via these methods for attachments to work. These methods are relevant internally to signal the Javascript code that the editor supports attachments. Actual attachment support is provided by WysiwygAttachmentFormField." - supportMentions($supportMentions) and supportsMentions() can be used to set and check if the form field supports mentions of other users.

WysiwygFormField objects register a custom form field data processor to add the relevant simple ACL data array into the $parameters array directly using the object property as the array key.

TWysiwygFormNode#

All form nodes that need to know the id of the WysiwygFormField field should use TWysiwygFormNode. This trait provides getWysiwygId() and wysiwygId($wysiwygId) to get and set the relevant wysiwyg editor id.

Single-Use Form Fields#

The following form fields are specific for certain forms and hardly reusable in other contexts.

BBCodeAttributesFormField#

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField is a form field for setting the attributes of a BBCode.

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField#

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField is a form field for setting the excluded packages of a devtools project.

DevtoolsProjectInstructionsFormField#

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField is a form field for setting the installation and update instructions of a devtools project.

DevtoolsProjectOptionalPackagesFormField#

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField is a form field for setting the optional packages of a devtools project.

DevtoolsProjectRequiredPackagesFormField#

DevtoolsProjectExcludedPackagesFormField is a form field for setting the required packages of a devtools project.


Last update: 2021-08-23