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  • servalman
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    passing php variable to template Link to this post


    I've been trying for a while to add php variable to the <param name="flashvars" /> for the flash object.

    I'm finally close to it as I can pass to the template the value returned by my flashvarFunction() that way :

    <param name="flashvars" value=$flashvarFunction/>

    This works fine but now I want to do the same thing based on the dataobjectmanager example with let's say the Author or Quote value.

    I'm not a php coder so I find it hard bur I'm sure there is a way of returning those value

    Can someone help me ?

    Thanks a lot

    Here is the code

    class TestimonialPage extends Page
       static $has_many = array (
          'Testimonials' => 'Testimonial'

       public function getCMSFields()
          $f = parent::getCMSFields();
          $f->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Testimonials", new DataObjectManager(
             array('Author'=>'Author','Quote' => 'Quote'),
          return $f;


       class TestimonialPage_Controller extends Page_Controller

       function ShowTestimonials() {
    return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

    function flashvarFunction() {

    $flashVar="'myFlashVar=titopt'" ;
    return $flashVar;



  • banal
    Community Member
    901 Posts

    Re: passing php variable to template Link to this post


    I usually use SWF Object to embed flash content. There you can pass the variables via JavaScript and you can easily pass them from PHP by using the json_encode function.

    Of course it also works fine without SWFObject:
    Since plain flashvars are passed in a http query-string format, you could use the PHP http_build_query function (http://php.net/manual/en/function.http-build-query.php). So your function would look something like this:

    function flashvarFunction(){
       $data = array(
          'titlevar' => $this->Title,
          'othervar' => 'Some other value?'
       return http_build_query($data);

    You can populate your $data array with anything you want..

  • servalman
    Community Member
    211 Posts

    Re: passing php variable to template Link to this post


    thanks for your answer

    I will try this solution but my problem is that I don't know how to retrieve (see the code) the values of 'Quote' or 'Author'

    for the template part it works with : return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

    but for my flashvarFunction() i don't know how to write something like :

    $flashVar = $Quote

    maybe I have to access the array but I don't know how to get it.

    Please help

    thank you


  • UncleCheese
    4085 Posts

    Re: passing php variable to template Link to this post

    This is wrong:

    return DataObject::get('Testimonials','Quote','Author');

    The arguments for the get() function are $class, $filter, $sort, $join, $limit.. Not a list of all the fields you want.

    In fact, on a TestimonialsPage, that function is not needed, because you can automatically get all the Testimonial object on the page with $this->Testimonials(). So lose that function.

    All you need is to edit your Testimonial class, and add:

    public function FlashVars() {
    $vars = array (
    'Quote' => $this->Quote,
    'Author' => $this->Author,
    'Something' => 'Else',
    'Brie' => 'Fromage'
    return http_build_query($vars);

    Then on your template:

    <% control Testimonials %>
    Quote is $Quote
    Author is $Author
    <object src="some.swf?{$FlashVars}"></object>
    <% end_control %>

  • servalman
    Community Member
    211 Posts

    Re: passing php variable to template Link to this post

    Merci encore et encore Oncle fromage !

    Puis je te poser une autre question sur flash ? :

    J'ai un drole de probleme dans un script je charge une image avec :

    loader.load(new URLRequest("image_01.jpg"));

    cela fonctionne tres bien en local car l'image et le swf sont dans le même dossier, donc dans le cms j'ai mis le swf et l'image dans le même dossier :assets/swf/flashmovie.swf

    mais cela ne marche pas mon image n'est pas chargée aurais tu une suggestion ?

    Merci encore

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