From this incredibly helpful validation article(s), I found that:

AttributeType::Mixed does not apply any validation rules

Ok cool. I am using two fields that are DateTime fields, but due to a known bug, a work-around is to make the field type Mixed.

Everything is working 100% - and I can't thank the community for their help.

However, in my settings page, I would (like) to have my start date (Mixed) and end date (Mixed) fields required.

This isn't a make-or-break deal, just curious if there is a way.


'myStartDate' => array(AttributeType::Mixed, 'required' => true),
'myEndDate' => array(AttributeType::Mixed, 'required' => true),


Hi Brad, they are attribute settings. I've updated to show the file(s) below. Thank you for your time!


        'label': "Start Date"|t,
        'instructions': "What week do we start?"|t,
        'required': true,
        'id': 'myStartDate',
        'name': 'myStartDate',
        'placeholder': 'mm/dd/yyyy',
        'value': settings.myStartDate,
        'errors': settings.getErrors('myStartDate')


public function defineSettings()
    return array('myStartDate' => array(AttributeType::Mixed, 'required' => true),
                 'myEndDate' => array(AttributeType::Mixed, 'required' => true)

If I make the field type a DateTime, then the required works. Maybe it's all part of the same bug. If it is, that's cool. It's not a big deal I'm more curious if I'm doing something wrong for the field type since ::Mixed does not apply any validation rules.

  • Are those settings attributes or proper model attributes?
    – Brad Bell
    Apr 13, 2015 at 2:28

1 Answer 1


100% untested and I haven't had coffee yet, but I think it'd be a combination of a few things.

1) Having your plugin override BaseSavableComponentType's getSettingsModel() so that it returned a MyPluginSettingsModel().

2) Have MyPluginSettingsModel override the rules method to do something like:

public function rules()
    $rules = parent::rules();

    $rules[] = array('myStartDate, myEndDate', 'required');

    return $rules;

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