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get file upload url for passing to js


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25 October 2010 at 12:15pm Community Member, 25 Posts

So following the execellent advice from my last thread i created some variables and passed them to some js.
I now need to pass the url of a file upload to the js.

$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Embed", new FileIFrameField('GPSXML', 'Upload and Attach Document'));

public function init() {
      Requirements::javascriptTemplate('mysite/javascript/maps.js', array(
         'GPSXML' => $this->GPSXML.URL

This doesnt seem to pass anything over to the js the alert box for $GPSXML just shows blank. I'm guessing i need to parse out the url as a string? any ideas?

thx guys


5 November 2010 at 3:46am (Last edited: 5 November 2010 3:46am), Community Member, 98 Posts


I had the same problem as you. By inspecting the Requirements::javascriptTemplate() method I found that you do need to encapsulate the replaceable variable name with quotes. Due to the way the variable is replaced, I would also recommend referencing it only once, and assigning it to a 'real' javascript variable, like so:


      Requirements::javascriptTemplate('script.js', array(
         "vimeoID" => $this->vimeoID()


var vimeoID = '$vimeoID';

The Requirements::javascriptTemplate() method is a little used and little documented feature, but a handy one nonetheless. I hope this helps those trying to use it in the future...


7 November 2010 at 4:43pm (Last edited: 7 November 2010 4:52pm), Community Member, 25 Posts

this worked for getting the value of vimeoID because it was just a text field. Here i want to pass the url of the filefieldupload.

it actually works fine if i create a text field and have the user manually enter the url but it would be much better if i could get the url straight from the file upload.

thanks heaps for all your help so far.