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In this document we will be explaining the actual state of our forms and their extensions. Right now, solution of extending forms is not complete and there will be several tasks that will assure better extending.
At this time we do not have every single form in our application ready for extension, the list of not prepared forms for extensions is below:
If you want to see example of extending one of these forms please check this link.
What can we use for creating our own forms¶
We created some form types which can help you with creating your own form types. You can find them in separate article
Adding fields into already existing form types in administration¶
Imagine that you have added new property into
Product entity and you want this property to be set in administration
For this cases you can use
FormExtensions in namespace
App/Form/Admin that extends
Symfony\Component\Form\AbstractTypeExtension, which has function called
Implement this function and return
ProductFormType and add your fields into form.
If you create new extension you need to register it in
Changing rendering of already existing form type¶
If you want to change way the form is rendered or if you want to add your own classes you need to follow few steps.
Many of our forms have their own theme which describe on how to render form row. These files are located in
Copy theme of form type you want to change into your project namespace and replace file you want to
change with your own file in
config/packages/twig.yaml file. Now you can change whatever you want.
Remember that files that you copy into your project cannot be automatically upgraded with newer versions of Shopsys Framework.
If you want to change the whole style of rendering forms in administration you need to copy whole
theme.html.twig which defines the style of
rendering default symfony rows.
You can read more about
Adding your own form type¶
You can add your own form type if you want. Just create your own FormType, for example
MyAmazingFormType, if you want
to influence how this form type will be displayed you need to create theme for this form type.
Create new file into
templates/Front/Form directory, name it for example
myAmazingFields.html.twig and register
this theme into
Now you can define how form type will be rendered. There are two options with which you can influence rendering of form type.
Form row is used for rendering whole row, including the label of form, your icons etc.
form_row should call
Form widget defines rendering of actual input.
Just remember that you need to let
Symfony know which form type you are defining. If you want to define
form_row should be named
This template is used for custom rendering of forms and form fields and it extends
form_div_layout.html.twig from Symfony.
There are two
theme.html.twig files as one is used for administration and the other for front-end.
It contains definition of blocks that are used for rendering forms
form_start- renders the start tag of the form
form_end- renders the end tag of the form
form_row- renders the label, any errors, and the HTML form widget for the given field
form_widget- renders HTML form widget for the given field
form_errors- renders block with list of validation errors for the given field
form_label- renders label for the given field including red asterisk if the field is required
and blocks of custom form widgets for various FormTypes eg.:
date_picker_widgetis rendered as
Changing order of groups and fields¶
All form types contain option called
position. With this option you can specify position of your group or field on the same hierarchical layer.
position can contain four different values:
$builder ->add('g', TextType::class, ['position' => 'last']) ->add('a', TextType::class, ['position' => 'first']) ->add('c', TextType::class) ->add('f', TextType::class) ->add('e', TextType::class, ['position' => ['before' => 'f']]) ->add('d', TextType::class, ['position' => ['after' => 'c']]) ->add('b', TextType::class, ['position' => 'first']);
The output will be: A => B => C => D => E => F => G.
More examples can be found here.
Changing order of existing groups and fields¶
FormBuilderInterface contains method
setPosition that can change order of existing field.
$builder->get('a')->setPosition('first'); $builder->get('c')->setPosition(['after' => 'b']);
FormBuilderInterface doesn't declare method
setPosition, your IDE will warn you that method doesn't exist.