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Encapsulate variables in Templates

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Community Member, 12 Posts

21 September 2011 at 10:16am

I have a field in the database called $RowOffset which is an Integer and I want to use it in an embedded style like this:

<div class="seatsrow" style="margin-left:$RowOffsetpx">

However it doesn’t work as it sees it as a variable called $RowOffsetpx instead of $RowOffset for obvious reasons.

Desired result is

<div class="seatsrow" style="margin-left:20px">

This doesn’t work because of the space:

<div class="seatsrow" style="margin-left:$RowOffset px">

Is there a way to encapsulate the variable say like this:

<div class="seatsrow" style="margin-left:_v($RowOffset)px">

Hope that makes sense. :)

Ryan M.

Community Member, 309 Posts

21 September 2011 at 11:05am

Edited: 21/09/2011 11:05am

You could try putting it in brackets, such as {$Variable}. If that doesn't work, why not create a function in your dataobject file and concatenate the strings together there? Like so:

public function GetRowOffset() {
return $this->RowOffset . 'px';

Then you could use $GetRowOffset within your control loop.


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

21 September 2011 at 5:04pm

Like Ryan Said, {$Foo}px should work.

public function GetRowOffset() { 
return $this->RowOffset . 'px'; 

PROTIP: name it getRowOffset then you can use the slightly nicer string $RowOffset in the template.


Community Member, 12 Posts

26 September 2011 at 12:37pm

Chur :)


Community Member, 1 Post

18 December 2011 at 3:43pm

You can if using Escaping

<div class="seatsrow" style="margin-left:{$RowOffset}px">