Feature: #77268 - Introduce JavaScript trigger request API

See forge#77268


JavaScript event handling the backend of the TYPO3 core is based on the optimistic assumption, that most executions can be executed sequentially and are processed just in time. This concept does not consider the fact that other nested components can defer the execution based on additional user input e.g. as used in confirmation dialogs.

That's why a trigger request API is introduced to first inform dependent components about a planned action which will defer the regular execution based on specific application state logic of registered components. In the current implementation, FormEngine's edit forms register themselves to be notified, thus accidentally closing modified forms by clicking e.g. the module menu any other page in the page tree can be handled.

Registering component

The following code attaches or detaches a particular component (a consumer) to be notified.

// FormEngine must implement the Consumable interface,
       // thus having a function named consume(interactionRequest)

Invoking consumers

Registered consumers are invoked with a specific interaction request that has a defined action type and optionally additional information about the parent call (e.g. some client event issued by users). Invocations return a jQuery.Deferred() object that resolves when no consumers are registered or every consumer sends a resolve command as well - if only one consumer rejects, the collective invocation promise is rejected as well.

var deferred = TYPO3.Backend.consumerScope.invoke(
	new TriggerRequest('typo3.setUrl', interactionRequest)
	.then(function() { console.log('consumers are resolved'); })
	.fail(function() { console.log('some consumer was rejected'); });

Creating interaction requests

Currently there are two types of requests, ClientRequest that is based on some client event (e.g. click event) and TriggerRequest which may be based on some parent request of type InteractionRequest - this is used to cascade actions.

var clickRequest = new ClientRequest('typo3.showModule', event);
var triggerRequestA = new TriggerRequest('typo3.a', clickRequest);
var triggerRequestB = new TriggerRequest('typo3.b', triggerRequestA);

In the example triggerRequestB has all information from the initial click event down to the specific typo3.b action type. The first request can be resolved from the most specific request by triggerRequestB.outerMostRequest and will return clickRequest in this case.

Working with interaction requests

  • triggerRequestB.concerns(clickRequest) checks whether clickRequest is an ancestor request in the cascade of triggerRequestB (which is true, based on the previous example)
  • triggerRequestB.concernsType('typo3.showModule') checks whether typo3.showModule is the type of some ancestor request in the cascade of triggerRequestB (which is true, based on the previous example)
  • triggerRequestB.outerMostRequest.setProcessedData({response: true}) sets the property evaluated by clickRequest.isProcessed() to true and stores any custom user response (e.g. from some confirmation dialog) at the outer-most interaction request


Using interaction requests requires some modifications in the JavaScript processing logic which changes from sequential processing to possibly deferred asynchronous processing. This is required since e.g. user input is required first to be able to continue the processing. The created promises are based on jQuery.Deferred.