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Escape a Page Property as a Query Parameter


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18 June 2009 at 1:34am Community Member, 9 Posts

I am trying to create a generic method that I can use to escape page properties as query parameters. The current problem is that I need to replace all spaces with "+".

I have created a function that will do this, but am not certain how to call the function from the template. The simple function is:

function queryEscape($var) {
return str_replace(' ', '+', $var);

I was hoping to be able to place the following in the template $queryEscape($title) to escape the page title, but this does not work. Does anyone know if this is possible.


18 June 2009 at 2:10am Community Member, 901 Posts


There's already a php function that does what you need (creating escaped query strings from "raw" strings):
or for just single values:

As for your problem: Yes, that doesn't work. The template engine isn't that smart. It can't correctly parse $queryEscape to a function and then pass the parsed value of $title as parameter in there.
What you could do is mess around with PHPs magic "__get" method to automatically convert fields to url-encoded strings when they are prefixed with a certain string.
Sounds complicated? It isn't. Here's what you do:
Add the following method to the Page_Controller:

public function __get($field){
   // prefix for queries
   $key = 'query_';
   $len = strlen($key);
   if(substr($field, 0, $len) === $key){
      $f = substr($field, $len);
      $value = parent::__get($f);
      return urlencode($value);
   return parent::__get($field);

Now you can output a escaped query string in your template like so:

... etc ...

If you're wondering why/how this works, read this:


18 June 2009 at 8:50am Community Member, 712 Posts

Hey, that's an awesome little snippet!


1 July 2009 at 7:13pm (Last edited: 1 July 2009 7:14pm), Community Member, 144 Posts

fantastic......spent the last couple hours trying to find a way to pass SS template content into flash through flashvars (and encoding it properly)...this is just the ticket.

cheers banal!


1 July 2009 at 9:13pm (Last edited: 1 July 2009 9:14pm), Community Member, 901 Posts

:) Glad this was useful.
When I want to load content from SilverStripe into flash I usually just create an XML template for the Page in question. Flash will then load the page, rendered as XML (i.e.
For large chunks of content or content-structures (like a menu) this is way better than flashvars. For tiny bits of content, flashvars is ok I guess :)

Edit: Ugh. I just wrote a post enclosed in smileys... shame on me.


1 July 2009 at 9:42pm Community Member, 144 Posts

yep, thats what I would normally do too, but this was for a SlideShowPro template which already reads in the XML file from SSP Director. I use the flashvars just to pass in a couple extra content fields from SilverStripe.


Ben Gribaudo

2 July 2009 at 12:17am (Last edited: 2 July 2009 12:17am), Community Member, 181 Posts

@chadws: I was hoping to be able to place the following in the template $queryEscape($title) to escape the page title, but this does not work. Does anyone know if this is possible.

You can get close to this--$title.Parse(MyParser)--by defining a custom [url=]TextParser[/url].

class MyParser extends TextParser {
public function parse () {
$content = $this->content;
//do something with the content
return $result;


2 November 2013 at 3:43am Community Member, 95 Posts

does anyone know how to use $query_Title with an absolute link

eg: $query_AbsoluteLink

$query_Title works but not $query_AbsoluteLink

Basically i'd like a validator link at the footer of every page.



template url$query_AbsoluteLink;ss=1;outline=1;No200=1"