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Adding text formating methods


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3 November 2010 at 7:44pm Community Member, 10 Posts

What's the easiet way to add text formatting methods like URLEncode, Shorten to the fields, so that I can use $Title.URLEncode in the template, similar to $Title.XML. Thanks!


3 November 2010 at 10:39pm Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

how about - create a subclass of Text, MyText, and add the required methods to it, then change your $db from Text to MyText
note - totally untested but that is how I'd go about it. Maybe a decorator would work also...


13 March 2012 at 1:09pm Community Member, 10 Posts

Add a decorator if it's just a method or two that you want to be available on all objects of the given type.

For example:

Create the decorator code (say in mysite/code/MyDateDecorator.php):

class MyDateDecorator extends DataObjectDecorator {
public function Datetime() {
return date('Y-m-d\TH:i:s', strtotime($this->owner->value));

In mysite/_config.php, enable the extension:

Object::add_extension('SS_Datetime', 'MyDateDecorator');

Then in your templates you can use it as below:

<% control MyObject %>
<p>Created on <time datetime="$Created.Datetime">$Created.Nice</time></p>
<% end_control %>