Installation and Configuration


The following installation is just an example for testing the extension.

  • Download the extension sav_library_example8 from the TER and install it.
  • Create a folder for the frontend users.
  • In the folder, create a frontend group for regular users and a frontend group for admin users.
  • In the folder, create a regular user and an admin user for the test.
  • Create a test page for the USER form and another for the ADMIN form.
  • In the USER page, insert the plugin and select the USER form.
  • Click on the folder Input controls. Select Allow authenticated FE users to input data. Enter fe_users.uid in the Input Admin Field. Select No "new" button, No "edit" button, "No delete button and save.
  • Edit the Page Properties and add the following configuration TypoScript configuration in the folder Resources. It will change the Partials root path to the Partials directory provided with this extension.
  • Authenticate the user and go to the USER page. You should see either the user’s image (here user_defined.gif icon was used) or a question mark image if no input was provided.
  • Click on the image link to open the edit view. As it can been seen, the new title bar has been taken into account and only Save and Close buttons are displayed.
  • In the ADMIN page, insert the plugin, select the ADMIN form and include the user folder in the Record Storage Page field.
  • Click on the folder Input controls. Select Allow authenticated FE users to input data to allow the input. Add your administration group (here admin) in Allowed group. Select No new button if you do not want to allow the creation of new users.
  • Authenticate the administration user and go to the ADMIN page. The view displays the users’name, their email, their phone number and their groups. The behavior of the form is the same as in the previous examples. Click on the name to see the user’s configuration. Use the edit icon to modify the fields.

Exporting Data to CSV Format

Exporting data is possible for any form built with the SAV Library Generator. To allow this feature you simply have to add the following line either in the user TSConfig field or in a group TSConfig :

sav_library_example8_Export = *

In general, it is done in the Back End. However, our extension makes it possible to do it in the frontend for the user as shown below.


Now, close the view and verify that you obtain a new CSV icon in the ADMIN List view and click on it to obtain the export view.


The configuration can be used to save, load, delete an export configuration. Use the toogle button to display only selected fields or to display all fields. In the above caption, the export configuration Fe Users (CSV), previously saved, was reloaded.

XML and XSLT files can be used to export data to other formats (see next section).

Checkboxes are used to select the fields to be exported. If the first checkbox is selected, the raw data are displayed, that is the content of the field in the data base. If the second one is selected, a rendering is done. The field is displayed as it would have been in a Single view.

The Where clause field is used to filter the data to be exported. Let us note that if you double-click on a field name, it will be added in the Where clause field. It is useful to avoid mistakes.

The Order clause field is used to order the data to export.

Additional tables can be used for more complex export where you need to link data used by the extension to data in other tables. In that case do not forget to add a condition in the Where clause to join correctly the tables.

Export MM records can be set when your extension use MM tables and you want to export all data. In that case you may also need to add a Group by clause.

Include all fields can be used when you want to export fields like uid, pid, crdate, … which are hidden by default. Click on the red CSV icon to include all the fields. Use the toogle button if you have previously restricted the display to selected fields.

Export field names can be selected when you want to have the field names as the first line in the CSV file.

Order of the fields can be used to change the order in which the fields are extracted. By default, it is the order in which the appear in the checkbox list from left to right. In the above example, without information in this field, fe_users.username comes first, then fe_users.usergroup is extracted, then and so on. Provide a list of fields separated by a semi-column (one field per line makes it simple to read) in the text area to change this order. Let us also note that you can put the same field several time, which is sometimes useful when you process directly the CSV file.

Fields configuration can be used to add a configuration for the field rendering. The syntax is the same as in the SAV Library Kickstarter but each configuration must start by the full field name. See after for an example.

Click on the red CSV icon to export your data. Below is the result obtained when the CSV file is imported in LibreOffice Calc.


As it can be seen, the user groups are displayed as a comma-separated list because the fields were exported in the raw mode. By selected, the second checkbox, it is displayed with the same rendering as in a single view.


Depending on the field type, HTML tags can be exported, which is the case with the usergroup field of the fe_users table. If you want to process these tags, use a stdWrapItem attribute for the field . For example, to remove them, add the following configuration in Fields configuration as shown below (see Changing the field configuration ).


Exporting Data to Other Formats

The exporting form contains two fields XML file and XSLT file which enable the export to other formats.

The XML file field must be a XML file which will be used as a template. It may contain:

  • field markers under the conventional format in the SAV Library Extension Generator, that is ###field_name###,
  • localization markers under the conventional format in the SAV Library Extension Generator, that is $$$tag$$$ for a marker in the locallang.xlf file, $$$label[field_name]$$$ to obtain the label associated with a field,
  • constant markers under the form $$$constant[tag]$$$.

The XML tag may contain special attributes:

  • sav_type can be set to:
  1. replaceAlways: the XML tag and its children will be processed for all exported rows,
  2. replaceDistinct: the XML tag and its children will be processed each time the associated sav_id attribute changes in the rows,
  3. cutIfEmpty: the XML tag and its children will be cut if the associated sav_id attribute is empty in the row,
  4. cutIfNotEmpty: the XML tag and its children will be cut if the associated sav_id attribute is not empty in the row,
  5. cutIfEqual, cutIfNotEqual, cutIfgreater, cutIfLower, cutIfgreaterEqual, cutIfLessEqual: the XML tag and its children will be cut if the associated sav_id attribute in the row is respectively equal to, not equal to, greater than, less than, greater than or equal to, lower than or equal to, a given value provided by the sav_value attribute.
  • sav_id must be a field name,
  • sav_value must be a value.

Let us illustrate this principle to generate a docbook article. If your are not familiar with docbook, please read https://www.oasis- and . The former is the docbook definitive guide and the later the docbook xsl complete guide.

Assume that we want to produce the FE user list under the form of a table with four columns: the user image, his/her name, email and groups. It can be solved used the XML file to_docbook.xml, available in the Resources/Private/Files directory of this extension. As it can be seen, this file uses several markers and attributes.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE article
  PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.5//EN" "">

<article lang="en">
  <title>List of FE users</title>
    <tgroup cols="4" align="left" colsep="1" rowsep="1">
          <entry align="center"></entry>
          <entry align="center">$$$label[]$$$</entry>
          <entry align="center">$$$label[]$$$</entry>
          <entry align="center">$$$label[fe_users.usergroup]$$$</entry>
        <row sav_type="replaceAlways">
          <entry align="center">
            <mediaobject sav_type="cutIfEmpty" sav_id="fe_users.image">
                <imagedata fileref="fileadmin###sys_file.identifier###" width="2cm" scalefit="1" />
          <entry><itemizedlist spacing="compact">###fe_users.usergroup###</itemizedlist></entry>

In order to produce the XML file, the process is the same as for the CSV export. Each field marker have to be selected to be replaced and the template file has to be provided in the XML file field as shown in the following caption. The configuration was saved in FE users (docbook).


Because DocBook needs the path to the user’s image, the Additional tables and the Additional fields fiels are filed to retrieve the path from the FAL.


In this example, the document is processed automatically, by calling for example the FOP docbook processor (, in the extension. In order to do so, an admin user must allow the use of the php exec function in the Advanced folder of the configuration of the extension as shown in the following caption.


A XSLT file ( is used to process the resulting XML. Output can be transformed to virtually any file format. In this example, it transforms docbook XML file before the FOP processing.

The Exec field is filled with the following input in order to call FOP.

fop -xml ###FILE### -xsl c:/Program Files/fop/xsl/fo/docbook.xsl -pdf ###SITEPATH###/fileadmin/test.pdf

The tag ###FILE### will be replaced by the resulting file name. The xsl path for the file name docbook.xsl depends on your installation of the FOP processor.

The tag ###SITEPATH### will be replaced by your site path. Here, the generated file will be test.pdf in the fileadmin directory of the site. It leads to the following caption.


Using a Query for Exporting Data

A query may be used instead of using the export view fields to select the data to be exported. In order to do so, the user TypoScript Config field or the group TypoScript Config must contain the following line :

sav_library_example8_ExportWithQuery = *

A new icon should be displayed in the export view.


Clicking on this icon toggle the export view to the query mode where a query can be entered. As it can be seen below, no field are displayed.


Click on the export icon to get the fields.


Finally, select the fields, fill the configuration if any and click again on export icon to get the CSV file.