So I've been breaking my head trying to figure this out. I'm working on a contact form plugin. Basically I'm coping exact same code craft uses to create form "fields". I have validation working like it should. And I have 2 required fields that should return error messages. But when I try to:

  'field' => $field

And in the template file {{ field }}, I get.. Variable "field" does not exist

I can't seem to get the value to populate on the form nor display the errors because of this. Anyone had problems like this before?

Here's my files: https://gist.github.com/owldesign/e01b49fdb1da3ef23ef2

Sorry for weird file delivery.. this comment won't let me post more than 2 links.

Please let me know if you guys need more from me? Thanks.

Edit: Repo https://github.com/owldesign/FormBuilder

  • can you just push up a repo fo the plugin to github? Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 4:54
  • here's a repo to the plugin github.com/owldesign/FormBuilder Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 5:49
  • does the error happen when first opening the field _edit screen, or only after making a new field with errors. Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 6:20
  • Error happens when I'm making the new field. I can't get the error messages from form validation to come through to the template. The flash message comes through but the variable "field" isn't coming through to the _edit.html template from the actionSaveField in the controller. basically I'm trying to pass variable "field" to the _edit.html template from the controller using the setRouteVariables(), but it doesn't seem to work :( Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 6:59
  • Have you tried moving the part where you return craft()->urlManager->setRouteVariables(); into the else statement along with the craft()->userSession->setError(Craft::t('Field Not Saved.')); part and then remove the return bit? This is how I have done this in the past and things return fine. Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 9:09

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I have finished the plugin, with much success, if you wondering you can see it here https://github.com/roundhouse/FormBuilder-Craft-CMS

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