Form editor

Hooks

EXT:form implements various hooks so that forms can be manipulated while being created or saved.

beforeFormCreate

The form manager calls the ‘beforeFormCreate’ hook.

Connect to the hook

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SC_OPTIONS']['ext/form']['beforeFormCreate'][<useATimestampAsKeyPlease>]
    = \VENDOR\YourNamespace\YourClass::class;

Note

Wondering what useATimestampAsKeyPlease means?

Use the hook

/**
 * @param string $formPersistenceIdentifier
 * @param array $formDefinition
 * @return array
 */
public function beforeFormCreate(string $formPersistenceIdentifier, array $formDefinition): array
{
    return $formDefinition;
}

beforeFormDuplicate

The form manager call the ‘beforeFormDuplicate’ hook.

Connect to the hook

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SC_OPTIONS']['ext/form']['beforeFormDuplicate'][<useATimestampAsKeyPlease>]
    = \VENDOR\YourNamespace\YourClass::class;

Note

Wondering what useATimestampAsKeyPlease means?

Use the hook

/**
 * @param string $formPersistenceIdentifier
 * @param array $formDefinition
 * @return array
 */
public function beforeFormDuplicate(string $formPersistenceIdentifier, array $formDefinition): array
{
    return $formDefinition;
}

beforeFormDelete

The form manager call the ‘beforeFormDelete’ hook.

Connect to the hook

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SC_OPTIONS']['ext/form']['beforeFormDelete'][<useATimestampAsKeyPlease>]
    = \VENDOR\YourNamespace\YourClass::class;

Note

Wondering what useATimestampAsKeyPlease means?

Use the hook

/**
 * @param string $formPersistenceIdentifier
 * @return void
 */
public function beforeFormDelete(string $formPersistenceIdentifier)
{
}

beforeFormSave

The form editor call the ‘beforeFormSave’ hook.

Connect to the hook

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SC_OPTIONS']['ext/form']['beforeFormSave'][<useATimestampAsKeyPlease>]
    = \VENDOR\YourNamespace\YourClass::class;

Note

Wondering what useATimestampAsKeyPlease means?

Use the hook

/**
 * @param string $formPersistenceIdentifier
 * @param array $formDefinition
 * @return array
 */
public function beforeFormSave(string $formPersistenceIdentifier, array $formDefinition): array
{
    return $formDefinition;
}

Stage

Common abstract view form element templates

The basic idea of the abstract view is to give a quick overview of the configuration of form elements, without having to click them in order to view the detailed configuration in the Inspector. The form editor requires for each form element an inline HTML template and the corresponding JavaScript code. Information matching inline HTML templates to the appropriate form elements must be configured within TYPO3.CMS.Form.prototypes.<prototypeIdentifier>.formeditor.formEditorPartials. At this point, the key identifying the form element follows a convention: FormElement-<formElementTypeIdentifier>. The value for the key tells the form editor which inline HTML template should be loaded for the respective form element. This template is then cloned via JavaScript, brought to life using the form element configuration and shown in the Stage component.

You can read about how particular form elements are mapped to inline HTML templates and how the corresponding JavaScript code are executed here.

The form element inline HTML templates and the corresponding JavaScript code are configured for reuse. In this way, most form elements you create should be able to access the components delivered in EXT:form, without requiring separate implementations (at least we hope so). For your own implementations, study EXT:form stage templates, which is found under Resources/Private/Backend/Partials/FormEditor/Stage/*. The corresponding JavaScript code is found under Resources/Public/JavaScript/Backend/FormEditor/StageComponent.js. The method _renderTemplateDispatcher() shows, which methods will be used to render the respective form elements.

Essentially, two different inline HTML templates exists that can be rendered with two different JavaScript methods, which are described below. The other inline HTML templates are almost all versions of these two basic variants and show extra/ other form-element information. The same applies to the corresponding JavaScript codes.

Stage/SimpleTemplate

This template displays the label property of the form element. Depending on the JavaScript rendering method used, a validator icon will be shown on the right as soon as a validator is added to the form element. In this case, the used validator labels are likewise displayed, if the form element is selected and/ or the cursor hovers over the form element. This template should generally be enough for all possible, self-defined form elements.

The Stage/SimpleTemplate can then be rendered with the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().getStage().renderSimpleTemplateWithValidators().

Stage/SelectTemplate

This template behaves like the Stage/SimpleTemplate except that it also shows the chosen options labels of the form elements. This is naturally only possible for form elements that have properties.options.* values, e.g. MultiCheckbox:

type: MultiCheckbox
identifier: multicheckbox-1
label: 'Multi checkbox'
properties:
  options:
    value1: label1
    value2: label2

The template will now list ‘label1’ and ‘label2’.

You can copy this template variant for your own form element, if that form- element template also lists array values, which, however, are not found under properties.options.*. For this purpose, the ‘Stage/FileUploadTemplate’ is an example. It is basically the ‘Stage/SelectTemplate’ template, with one altered property.

In the FileUpload form element, multiple property values are available under properties.allowedMimeTypes.* as an array.

type: FileUpload
identifier: fileupload-1
label: 'File upload'
properties:
  saveToFileMount: '1:/user_upload/'
  allowedMimeTypes:
    - application/msexcel
    - application/pdf

Stage/SelectTemplate

<div data-identifier="multiValueContainer" data-template-property="properties.options">

Stage/FileUploadTemplate

<div data-identifier="multiValueContainer" data-template-property="properties.allowedMimeTypes">

data-template-property contains the path to the property, which is to be read out of the form element and then shown in the template.

The Stage/SelectTemplate can then be rendered with the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().getStage().renderSelectTemplates().

Basic JavaScript Concepts

Events

EXT:form implements the publish/subscribe pattern to put the event handling into effect. To learn more about this pattern, you should read https://addyosmani.com/resources/essentialjsdesignpatterns/book/. Note that the order of the subscriber is not manipulable and that information flow between the subscribers does not exist. All events must be asynchronously designed.

Publish an event:

getPublisherSubscriber().publish('eventname', [argumentToPublish1, argumentToPublish2, ...]);

Subscribe to an event:

var subscriberToken = getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('eventname', function(topic, args) {
    // args[0] = argumentToPublish1
    // args[1] = argumentToPublish2
    // ...
});

Unsubscribe an event subscriber:

getPublisherSubscriber().unsubscribe(subscriberToken);

EXT:form itself publishes and subscribes to the following events:

ajax/beforeSend

Each Ajax request is called before this event is sent. EXT:form uses this event to display the spinner icon on the save button.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('ajax/beforeSend', function(topic, args) {
});

ajax/complete

Each Ajax request is called after the end of this event. EXT:form uses this event to remove the spinner icon on the save button.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('ajax/complete', function(topic, args) {
});

core/ajax/error

This event is called if the Ajax request, which is used to save the form or to render the current page of the form in the preview view, fails. EXT:form uses this event to show an error message as a flash message and to show the received error text in the preview view.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = jqXHR
 *              args[1] = textStatus
 *              args[2] = errorThrown
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/ajax/error', function(topic, args) {
});

core/ajax/renderFormDefinitionPage/success

This event is called if the Ajax request that is used to render the current page of the form in the preview view was successful. EXT:form uses this event to display the rendered form in the preview view.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = html
 *              args[1] = pageIndex
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/ajax/renderFormDefinitionPage/success', function(topic, args) {
});

core/ajax/saveFormDefinition/success

This event is called if the Ajax request that is used to save the form was successful. EXT:form uses this event to display a success message as a flash message. The form editor is also informed that no unsaved content currently exists.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = html
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/ajax/saveFormDefinition/success', function(topic, args) {
});

core/applicationState/add

The addition/ deletion and movement of form elements und property collection elements (validators/ finishers) is saved in an internal stack so that the undo/ redo function can be implemented. This event is called whenever the current state is added to the stack. EXT:form uses this event to reset the enabled/ disabled state of the undo/ redo buttons.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = applicationState
 *              args[1] = stackPointer
 *              args[2] = stackSize
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/applicationState/add', function(topic, args) {
});

core/currentlySelectedFormElementChanged

The method getFormEditorApp().setCurrentlySelectedFormElement() tells the form editor which form element should currently be dealt with. This method calls this event at the end.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/currentlySelectedFormElementChanged', function(topic, args) {
});

core/formElement/somePropertyChanged

Each FormElement model can write properties into the FormElement model through the methods get and set. Each property path can register an event name for the publisher through the method on. This event is then always called when a property path is written via set. Read FormElement model for more information. EXT:form automatically registers for all known property paths of a form element the event core/formElement/somePropertyChanged. This means that every property written via set calls this event. Among other things, EXT:form uses this event for, for example, updating the label of a form element in other components (e.g. Tree component ) when this label is changed. Furthermore, any validation errors from form element properties are indicated by this event in the Tree component.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = propertyPath
 *              args[1] = value
 *              args[2] = oldValue
 *              args[3] = formElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('core/formElement/somePropertyChanged', function(topic, args) {
});

view/collectionElement/moved

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().movePropertyCollectionElement() calls this event at the end. EXT:form uses this event to re-render the Inspector component as soon as a property collection element (validator/ finisher) is moved.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = movedCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = previousCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[2] = nextCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[3] = collectionName
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/collectionElement/moved', function(topic, args) {
});

view/collectionElement/new/added

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddPropertyCollectionElement() calls this event at the end. EXT:form uses this event to re-render the Inspector component as soon as a property collection element (validator/ finisher) is created and added.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 *              args[2] = formElement
 *              args[3] = collectionElementConfiguration
 *              args[4] = referenceCollectionElementIdentifier
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/collectionElement/new/added', function(topic, args) {
});

view/collectionElement/removed

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().removePropertyCollectionElement() calls this event at the end. EXT:form uses this event to re-render the Inspector component as soon as a property collection element (validator/ finisher) is removed.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 *              args[2] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/collectionElement/removed', function(topic, args) {
});

view/formElement/inserted

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement() and the event view/insertElements/perform/after call this event at the end. EXT:form uses this event to set the current to-be-processed form element (getFormEditorApp().setCurrentlySelectedFormElement()) and to re-render the Tree, Stage and Inspector components.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = newFormElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/formElement/inserted', function(topic, args) {
});

view/formElement/moved

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().moveFormElement() calls this event at the end.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = movedFormElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/formElement/moved', function(topic, args) {
});

view/formElement/removed

The method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().removeFormElement() calls this event at the end. EXT:form uses this event to set the current to-be-processed form element (getFormEditorApp().setCurrentlySelectedFormElement()) and to re-render the Tree, Stage and Inspector components.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = parentFormElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/formElement/removed', function(topic, args) {
});

view/header/button/close/clicked

The onClick event of the “Close” button in the form editor's header section calls this event. EXT:form uses this event to display a warning message in case there are unsaved changes.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/header/button/close/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/header/button/newPage/clicked

The onClick event of the “new page” button in the form editor's header section calls this event. EXT:form uses this event to display the “new page” dialog box.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = targetEvent
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/header/button/newPage/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/header/button/save/clicked

The onClick event of the “save” button in the form editor's header section calls this event. EXT:form uses this event either to display a dialog box with the element in question (if there are validation errors) or to save the form definition (if there are no validation errors).

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/header/button/save/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/header/formSettings/clicked

The onClick event of the “settings” button in the form editor's header section calls this event. EXT:form uses this event to select the root form element.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/header/formSettings/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/insertElements/perform/after

This event is called from the “new element” dialog box upon selection of a form element:

  • if “After” in the “Create new element” split button in the form-element toolbar for composite elements (e.g. fieldset) is clicked.
  • if the “Create new element” button in the form-element toolbar for non-composite elements is clicked.

EXT:form uses this event to create a new form element (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement()) and then move (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().moveFormElement()) it below the currently selected element (sibling). At the end of this event, the event view/formElement/inserted is called. The event view/formElement/inserted in getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement() was previously deactivated.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementType
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/insertElements/perform/after', function(topic, args) {
});

view/insertElements/perform/bottom

This event is called from the “new element” dialog box upon selection of a form element:

  • if, in the abstract view mode, the “Create new element” button at the end of the Stage component is clicked.

EXT:form uses this event to create a new form element (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement()). This element is always created as the last element of the currently selected page.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementType
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/insertElements/perform/bottom', function(topic, args) {
});

view/insertElements/perform/inside

This event is called from the “new element” dialog box upon selection of a form element:

  • if “Inside” in the “Create new element” split button in the form-element toolbar for composite elements (e.g. fieldset) is clicked.

EXT:form uses this event to create a new form element as a child element of the currently selected element (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement()).

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementType
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/insertElements/perform/inside', function(topic, args) {
});

view/insertPages/perform

This event is called from the “new element” dialog box upon selection of a page element:

  • if the “Create new page” icon in the header section is clicked.
  • if the “Create new page” button in the Tree component is clicked.

EXT:form uses this event to create a new page after the currently selected page (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddFormElement()).

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementType
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/insertPages/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

view/inspector/collectionElement/existing/selected

The inspector editors ValidatorsEditor and FinishersEditor are used to display the available validators/ finishers for a form element as a select box. Furthermore, these inspector editors indicate that in the form definition, validators/ finishers for the currently selected element already exist. This occurs through the event view/inspector/collectionElement/existing/selected. EXT:form uses this event to render these validators/ finishers and their tentatively configured inspector editors (getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().renderInspectorCollectionElementEditors()).

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/collectionElement/existing/selected', function(topic, args) {
});

view/inspector/collectionElement/new/selected

The inspector editors ValidatorsEditor and FinishersEditor are used to display the available validators/ finishers for a form element as a select box. The onChange event of the select box then calls this event. In addition, the inspector editor RequiredValidatorEditor calls this event when a checkbox is chosen. EXT:form uses this event to add and render the validator/ finisher of the form definition via getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().createAndAddPropertyCollectionElement().

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/collectionElement/new/selected', function(topic, args) {
});

view/inspector/collectionElements/dnd/update

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘update’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/inspector/collectionElements/dnd/update event if a property collection element in the Inspector component is sorted. EXT:form uses this event to move the validator/ finisher in the form definition via the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().movePropertyCollectionElement().

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = movedCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = previousCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[2] = nextCollectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[3] = collectionName
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/collectionElements/dnd/update', function(topic, args) {
});

view/inspector/editor/insert/perform

The methods getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().renderInspectorEditors() (to render all inspector editors for a form element) and getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().renderInspectorCollectionElementEditors() (to render the inspector editors for a validator/ finisher) call this event at the end. Strictly speaking, the Inspector component in the method _renderEditorDispatcher() calls this event. Each inspector editor has the property templateName, which gives the form editor two pieces of information. On the one hand the templateName must match with a key within the TYPO3.CMS.Form.prototypes.<prototypeIdentifier>.formeditor.formEditorPartials. The form editor can consequently load a corresponding inline HTML template for the inspector editor. On the other hand, the Inspector component must be told which JavaScript code should be executed for the inspector editor. For the inspector editors delivered with EXT:form, this occurs within the method _renderEditorDispatcher(). An existing hard-coded list of known inspector editors determines, by means of the property templateName, which corresponding JavaScript method should be executed for the inspector editor. At the end, the event view/inspector/editor/insert/perform is called. If you wish to implement your own inspector editor, you can use this event to execute in your own JavaScript module. the corresponding JavaScript code, with the help of the property templateName.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = editorConfiguration
 *              args[1] = editorHtml
 *              args[2] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[3] = collectionName
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/editor/insert/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

A simple example that registers a custom inspector editor called ‘Inspector-MyCustomInspectorEditor’ and adds it to text form elements:

TYPO3:
  CMS:
    Form:
      prototypes:
        standard:
          formEditor:
            dynamicJavaScriptModules:
              additionalViewModelModules:
                10: 'TYPO3/CMS/MySitePackage/Backend/FormEditor/ViewModel'
            formEditorFluidConfiguration:
              partialRootPaths:
                100: 'EXT:my_site_package/Resources/Private/Backend/Partials/FormEditor/'
            formEditorPartials:
              Inspector-MyCustomInspectorEditor: 'Inspector/MyCustomInspectorEditor'
          formElementsDefinition:
            Text:
              formEditor:
                editors:
                  600:
                    templateName: 'Inspector-MyCustomInspectorEditor'
                    ...
/**
 * Module: @typo3/my-site-package/backend/form-editor/view-model
 */
define(['jquery',
        'TYPO3/CMS/Form/Backend/FormEditor/Helper'
        ], function($, Helper) {
        'use strict';

    return (function($, Helper) {

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @var object
         */
        var _formEditorApp = null;

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getFormEditorApp() {
            return _formEditorApp;
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getPublisherSubscriber() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getPublisherSubscriber();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getUtility() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getUtility();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @param object
         * @return object
         */
        function getHelper() {
            return Helper;
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getCurrentlySelectedFormElement() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getCurrentlySelectedFormElement();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @param mixed test
         * @param string message
         * @param int messageCode
         * @return void
         */
        function assert(test, message, messageCode) {
            return getFormEditorApp().assert(test, message, messageCode);
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return void
         * @throws 1491643380
         */
        function _helperSetup() {
            assert('function' === $.type(Helper.bootstrap),
                'The view model helper does not implement the method "bootstrap"',
                1491643380
            );
            Helper.bootstrap(getFormEditorApp());
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return void
         */
        function _subscribeEvents() {
            /**
             * @private
             *
             * @param string
             * @param array
             *              args[0] = editorConfiguration
             *              args[1] = editorHtml
             *              args[2] = collectionElementIdentifier
             *              args[3] = collectionName
             * @return void
             */
            getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/editor/insert/perform', function(topic, args) {
                if (args[0]['templateName'] === 'Inspector-MyCustomInspectorEditor') {
                    renderMyCustomInspectorEditor(
                        args[0],
                        args[1],
                        args[2],
                        args[3]
                    );
                }
            });
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @param object editorConfiguration
         * @param object editorHtml
         * @param string collectionElementIdentifier
         * @param string collectionName
         * @return void
         */
        function renderMyCustomInspectorEditor(editorConfiguration, editorHtml, collectionElementIdentifier, collectionName) {
            // do cool stuff
        });

        /**
         * @public
         *
         * @param object formEditorApp
         * @return void
         */
        function bootstrap(formEditorApp) {
            _formEditorApp = formEditorApp;
            _helperSetup();
            _subscribeEvents();
        };

        /**
         * Publish the public methods.
         * Implements the "Revealing Module Pattern".
         */
        return {
            bootstrap: bootstrap
        };
    })($, Helper);
});

view/inspector/removeCollectionElement/perform

The inspector editor RequiredValidatorEditor calls this event, if the checkbox is deselected. EXT:form uses this event to remove the configured required validator (‘NotEmpty’) from the form definition through the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().removePropertyCollectionElement().

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 *              args[2] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/inspector/removeCollectionElement/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

view/modal/close/perform

If you try to close the form editor with unsaved content, a dialog box appears, asking whether you really wish to close it. If you confirm it, this event is called in the check box component. EXT:form uses this event to close the form editor and return to the form manager.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/modal/close/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

view/modal/removeCollectionElement/perform

If you try to remove a validator/ finisher by clicking the remove icon, a dialog box appears, asking you to confirm this action. If confirmed, this event is called in the check box component. EXT:form uses this event to remove the validator/ finisher from the form definition through the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().removePropertyCollectionElement().

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = collectionElementIdentifier
 *              args[1] = collectionName
 *              args[2] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/modal/removeCollectionElement/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

view/modal/removeFormElement/perform

If you try to remove a form element by clicking the remove icon, a dialog box appears, asking you to confirm this action. If confirmed, this event is called in the check box component. EXT:form uses this event to remove the form element from the form definition via the method getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().removeFormElement().

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/modal/removeFormElement/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

view/modal/validationErrors/element/clicked

If a form element contains a validation error and you try to save the form, a dialog box appears, listing all form elements with validation errors. One such form element can be clicked in this dialog box. This event is called by clicking a form element in the dialog box. EXT:form uses this event to select and show this form element.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/modal/validationErrors/element/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/paginationNext/clicked

This event is called if the ‘pagination next’ button in the Stage component’s header section is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to render the next page of the form.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/paginationNext/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/paginationPrevious/clicked

This event is called, if the ‘pagination previous’ button in the Stage component’s header section is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to render the previous page of the form.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/paginationPrevious/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/ready

EXT:form makes it possible to load your own JavaScript module. If all modules are loaded, the view-model method _loadAdditionalModules calls this event. EXT:form uses this event to remove the preloader icon and finally initialize the form editor.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/ready', function(topic, args) {
});

view/redoButton/clicked

This event is called if the redo button in the form editor header is clicked. The addition/ deletion and movement of form elements and property collection elements (validators/ finishers) is saved in an internal stack in order to reset the undo/ redo functionality. EXT:form uses this event to reset this stack to the previous state.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/redoButton/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/button/newElement/clicked

This event is called if the “Create new element” button at the end of the Stage component in the abstract view mode is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to display the “new element” dialog box.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = targetEvent
 *              args[1] = configuration
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/button/newElement/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/dnd/change

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘change’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/stage/abstract/dnd/change event in the Stage component in the abstract view mode if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to set various CSS classes during the drag-and-drop process.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = placeholderDomElement
 *              args[1] = parentFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[2] = enclosingCompositeFormElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/dnd/change', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/dnd/start

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘start’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/stage/abstract/dnd/start event in the Stage component in the abstract view mode if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to set various CSS classes at the start of the drag-and-drop process.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = draggedFormElementDomElement
 *              args[1] = draggedFormPlaceholderDomElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/dnd/start', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/dnd/stop

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘stop’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/stage/abstract/dnd/stop event in the Stage component in the abstract view mode if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to to re-render the Tree, Stage and Inspector components at the end of the drag-and-drop process and to select the moved form element.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = draggedFormElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/dnd/stop', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/dnd/update

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘update’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/stage/abstract/dnd/update event in the Stage component in the abstract view mode if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to move the form element in the form definition accordingly at the end of the drag-and-drop process.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = movedDomElement
 *              args[1] = movedFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[2] = previousFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[3] = nextFormElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/dnd/update', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/elementToolbar/button/newElement/clicked

This event is called if the “Create new element” button in the form-element toolbar or “Inside” or “After” in the split button is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to display the “New element” dialog box.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = targetEvent
 *              args[1] = configuration
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/elementToolbar/button/newElement/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/render/postProcess

This event is called after the abstract view of the Stage component has been rendered. EXT:form uses this event to render the undo/ redo buttons.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/render/postProcess', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/render/preProcess

This event is called before the abstract view of the Stage component is rendered.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/render/preProcess', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/abstract/render/template/perform

The methods getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().renderAbstractStageArea() call this event. Strictly speaking, the Stage component in the method _renderTemplateDispatcher() calls this event. The form editor requires for each form element an inline HTML template the corresponding JavaScript code. Information matching inline HTML templates to the appropriate form elements must be configured within TYPO3.CMS.Form.prototypes.<prototypeIdentifier>.formeditor.formEditorPartials. At this point, the key identifying the form element follows a convention: FormElement-<formElementTypeIdentifier>. The value for the key tells the form editor which inline HTML template should be loaded for the respective form element. The _renderTemplateDispatcher() method then identifies, by means of the form element’s <formElementTypeIdentifier>, the corresponding JavaScript code to fill the inline HTML template with life. _renderTemplateDispatcher() contains a hard-coded list with the <formElementTypeIdentifier> that is brought in with the EXT:form, and it renders the inline HTML templates accordingly. At the end, the view/stage/abstract/render/template/perform event is called. If you wish to implement your own form element and show it in the form editor, this event can be used to execute in your own JavaScript module the corresponding JavaScript code, with the help of the <formElementTypeIdentifier>. This is generally enough to allow the Stage/SimpleTemplate and/ or Stage/SelectTemplate inline HTML template to be rendered for your own form element and, in the JavaScript code, to access the getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().getStage().renderSimpleTemplateWithValidators() and/ or getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().getStage().renderSelectTemplates() method delivered with EXT:form. An overview over the functionality of the formEditorPartials for the <formElementTypeIdentifier> and its JavaScript code is found here.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElement
 *              args[1] = template
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/render/template/perform', function(topic, args) {
});

A simple example reusing the EXT:form inline HTML template Stage/SelectTemplate and the EXT:form JavaScript code renderSelectTemplates() for a custom form element with <formElementTypeIdentifier> = ‘GenderSelect’. In this example, ‘GenderSelect’ is basically a radio button form element with some predefined options.

TYPO3:
  CMS:
    Form:
      prototypes:
        standard:
          formEditor:
            dynamicJavaScriptModules:
              additionalViewModelModules:
                10: '@typo3/my-site-package/backend/form-editor/view-model.js'
            formEditorPartials:
              FormElement-GenderSelect: 'Stage/SelectTemplate'
          formElementsDefinition:
            GenderSelect:
              __inheritances:
                10: 'TYPO3.CMS.Form.prototypes.standard.formElementsDefinition.RadioButton'
              renderingOptions:
                templateName: 'RadioButton'
              properties:
                options:
                  f: 'Female'
                  m: 'Male'
                  u: 'Unicorn'
                  a: 'Alien'
              formEditor:
                label: 'Gender Select'
                group: select
                groupSorting: 9000
                predefinedDefaults:
                  properties:
                    options:
                      f: 'Female'
                      m: 'Male'
                      u: 'Unicorn'
                      a: 'Alien'
                editors:
                  300: null
/**
 * Module: @typo3/my-site-package/backend/form-editor/view-model
 */
define(['jquery',
        'TYPO3/CMS/Form/Backend/FormEditor/Helper'
        ], function($, Helper) {
        'use strict';

    return (function($, Helper) {

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @var object
         */
        var _formEditorApp = null;

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getFormEditorApp() {
            return _formEditorApp;
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getPublisherSubscriber() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getPublisherSubscriber();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getUtility() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getUtility();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @param object
         * @return object
         */
        function getHelper() {
            return Helper;
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return object
         */
        function getCurrentlySelectedFormElement() {
            return getFormEditorApp().getCurrentlySelectedFormElement();
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @param mixed test
         * @param string message
         * @param int messageCode
         * @return void
         */
        function assert(test, message, messageCode) {
            return getFormEditorApp().assert(test, message, messageCode);
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return void
         * @throws 1491643380
         */
        function _helperSetup() {
            assert('function' === $.type(Helper.bootstrap),
                'The view model helper does not implement the method "bootstrap"',
                1491643380
            );
            Helper.bootstrap(getFormEditorApp());
        };

        /**
         * @private
         *
         * @return void
         */
        function _subscribeEvents() {
            /**
             * @private
             *
             * @param string
             * @param array
             *              args[0] = formElement
             *              args[1] = template
             * @return void
             */
            getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/abstract/render/template/perform', function(topic, args) {
                if (args[0].get('type') === 'GenderSelect') {
                    getFormEditorApp().getViewModel().getStage().renderSelectTemplates(args[0], args[1]);
                }
            });
        };

        /**
         * @public
         *
         * @param object formEditorApp
         * @return void
         */
        function bootstrap(formEditorApp) {
            _formEditorApp = formEditorApp;
            _helperSetup();
            _subscribeEvents();
        };

        /**
         * Publish the public methods.
         * Implements the "Revealing Module Pattern".
         */
        return {
            bootstrap: bootstrap
        };
    })($, Helper);
});

view/stage/element/clicked

This event is called from the Stage component when a form element is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to select this element and to display the form-element toolbar. In addition, the Tree and Inspector components are re-rendered.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/element/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/panel/clicked

This event is called if the header section of the Stage component is clicked.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/panel/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/stage/preview/render/postProcess

This event is called after the preview view of the Stage component has been rendered. EXT:form uses this event to render the undo/ redo buttons.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/stage/preview/render/postProcess', function(topic, args) {
});

view/structure/button/newPage/clicked

This event is called from the onClick event of the Tree component’s “Create new page” button. EXT:form uses this event to display the “new page” dialog box.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = targetEvent
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/structure/button/newPage/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/structure/renew/postProcess

This event is called from the view-model after the Tree component has been re-rendered. EXT:form uses this event to display potential validation errors from form elements in the Tree component.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/structure/renew/postProcess', function(topic, args) {
});

view/structure/root/selected

This event is called if the root form element in the Tree component is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to re-render the Stage, Inspector and Tree components.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/structure/root/selected', function(topic, args) {
});

view/tree/dnd/change

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘change’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/tree/dnd/change event in der Tree component if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to set various CSS classes during the drag -and-drop process.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = placeholderDomElement
 *              args[1] = parentFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[2] = enclosingCompositeFormElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/tree/dnd/change', function(topic, args) {
});

view/tree/dnd/stop

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘stop’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/tree/dnd/stop event in the Tree component if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to re-render Tree, Stage and Inspector components at the end of the drag-and-drop process and to select the moved form element.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = draggedFormElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/tree/dnd/stop', function(topic, args) {
});

view/tree/dnd/update

EXT:form uses the jQuery plugin ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ for the drag-and- drop functionality. The ‘update’ event from ‘jquery.mjs.nestedSortable’ calls the view/tree/dnd/update event in der Tree component if form elements are sorted. EXT:form uses this event to move the form element in the form definition accordingly at the end of the drag-and-drop process.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = movedDomElement
 *              args[1] = movedFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[2] = previousFormElementIdentifierPath
 *              args[3] = nextFormElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/tree/dnd/update', function(topic, args) {
});

view/tree/node/clicked

This event is called from the Tree component if a form element is clicked. EXT:form uses this event to re-render the Stage and Inspector components and select the form element.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = formElementIdentifierPath
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/tree/node/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/tree/render/listItemAdded

This event is called by the Tree component for each form element as soon as it is added to the tree.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 *              args[0] = listItem
 *              args[1] = formElement
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/tree/render/listItemAdded', function(topic, args) {
});

view/undoButton/clicked

This event is called when the undo button is clicked in the form editor header. The history of adding / deleting and moving form elements and property collection elements (validators/ finishers) is stored in an internal stack to implement the undo / redo functionality. EXT:form uses this event to set this stack to the next state.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/undoButton/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/viewModeButton/abstract/clicked

This event is called when the abstract view button is clicked in the header area of the Stage component. EXT:form uses this event to render the abstract view in the Stage component.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/viewModeButton/abstract/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

view/viewModeButton/preview/clicked

This event is called when the preview button is clicked in the header area of the Stage component. EXT:form uses this event to render the preview view in the Stage component.

Subscribe to the event:

/**
 * @private
 *
 * @param string
 * @param array
 * @return void
 */
getPublisherSubscriber().subscribe('view/viewModeButton/preview/clicked', function(topic, args) {
});

FormElement model

Property: __parentRenderable

__parentRenderable includes the parent element as FormElement model.

Property: __identifierPath

Internally, all form elements are identified by their ‘identifier’ property, which must be unique for each form. The __identifierPath property contains the path to the element (as seen from the first element), separated by a /. Using this path, you can access the element directly through an API method.

Method: get()

Each property of the FormElement model can be accessed by the get() method through the property path (separated by .). Prerequisite for this is that all levels up to the target property are objects.

Example of a FormElement model:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {
      "placeholder": "Name"
    }
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "NotEmpty"
    }
  ]
}

Access to properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder:

// value = 'Name'
var value = getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').get('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder');

Two exceptions are the two arrays of “finishers” / “validators” (property collections) and the renderables.

Accessing property collection properties

Property collection are identified as form elements through the property identifier. Because property collection properties are in an array and their positions in the array are potentially unknown, the getFormEditorApp().buildPropertyPath() method exists. This can be used to access a property of a property collection item via its identifier.

Example of a FormElement model:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {
      "placeholder": "Name"
    }
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "StringLength"
      "options": {
        "minimum": "1",
        "maximum": "2"
      }
    }
  ]
}

Access to options.minimum of the validator StringLength:

var formElement = getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name');
var propertyPath = getFormEditorApp().buildPropertyPath('options.minimum', 'StringLength', 'validators', formElement);
// value = 1
var value = formElement.get(propertyPath);
Accessing renderables

Like property collections, renderables (the child elements) are also in an array and their position in the array is potentially unknown. Direct access to child elements through the get() method is impossible. formElement.get('renderables') supplies an array with the FormElement models of the child elements. You must then loop over this array. Access to a specific child element should be done using getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath().

Method: set()

Any property of the FormElement model can be written using the set() method by means of the property path (separated by .).

Example of a FormElement model:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {
      "placeholder": "Name"
    }
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "NotEmpty"
    }
  ]
}

Set the property properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder:

getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').set('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder', 'New Placeholder');

Example of the FormElement model after the set() operation:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {
      "placeholder": "New Placeholder"
    }
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "NotEmpty"
    }
  ]
}

Two exceptions are the two arrays of “finishers” / “validators” (property collections) and the renderables.

Setting property collection properties

In principle, the same applies here as for get property collection properties.

Set the property options.minimum of the validator StringLength:

var formElement = getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name');
var propertyPath = getFormEditorApp().buildPropertyPath('options.minimum', 'StringLength', 'validators', formElement);
formElement.set(propertyPath, '2');
Setting renderables

To add child form elements to a FormElement model, the appropriate API methods should be used:

  • getFormEditorApp().createAndAddFormElement()
  • getFormEditorApp().addFormElement()
  • getFormEditorApp().moveFormElement()
  • getFormEditorApp().removeFormElement()

Method: unset()

Any property of the FormElement model can be deleted using the method unset() by means of the property path (separated by .).

Example of a FormElement model:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {
      "placeholder": "Name"
    }
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "NotEmpty"
    }
  ]
}

Delete the property properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder:

// value = 'Name'
var value = getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').unset('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder');

Example of the FormElement model after the unset() operation:

{
  "identifier": "name",
  "defaultValue": "",
  "label": "Name",
  "type": "Text",
  "properties": {
    "fluidAdditionalAttributes": {}
  },
  "__parentRenderable": "example-form/page-1 (filtered)",
  "__identifierPath": "example-form/page-1/name",
  "validators": [
    {
      "identifier": "NotEmpty"
    }
  ]
}

Two exceptions are the two arrays of “finishers” / “validators” (property collections) and the renderables.

Remove property collection properties

In principle, the same applies here as for get property collection properties.

Delete the property options.minimum of the validator StringLength:

var formElement = getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name');
var propertyPath = getFormEditorApp().buildPropertyPath('options.minimum', 'StringLength', 'validators', formElement);
formElement.unset(propertyPath);
Remove renderables

To delete a FormElement model, the corresponding API method getFormEditorApp().removeFormElement() should be used.

Method: on()

Any number of Publisher/Subscriber events can be assigned to any property path of a FormElement model. Each set() operation on this property path will then call these events. By default, EXT:form registers the event core/formElement/somePropertyChanged for each property path.

Example:

getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').on('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder', 'my/custom/event');
getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').set('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder', 'New Placeholder');
// now, the event 'my/custom/event' will be published

Method: off()

Any event registered via on() can be removed with off().

Example:

getFormEditorApp().getFormElementByIdentifierPath('example-form/page-1/name').off('properties.fluidAdditionalAttributes.placeholder', 'my/custom/event');

Method: getObjectData()

All FormElement model properties are private and cannot be manipulated directly from the outside. They can only be accessed via set() or get(). This method is used internally to obtain all data of a FormElement model in object form so that they can be used in, for example, Ajax requests. getObjectData() returns a dereferenced object of the FormElement model with all internal data, thus allowing read access to all data set via set().

Method: toString()

A method that was implemented for debugging purposes. Returns the object data supplied by getObjectData() in string form.

console.log(formElement.toString());

Method: clone()

If necessary, a form element can be cloned. Returns a dereferenced clone of the original FormElement model.

var dolly = formElement.clone();