I have a Matrix that contains a P&T Dropdown field. I'm trying to control the markup generated by the Matrix, so I am trying to follow breaking up a matrix field for use in safe cracker form.
Though the example has a <select> (I'm assuming it represents a P&T Dropdown), it doesn't show how to loop through its list of options. Is there a way to do this?

  • Did the answer provided work for you? Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 1:33
  • No. I added some comments under Derek's response along with some additional information I found (albeit it being a year old). Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 16:42
  • I think your solution here is to write a custom plugin that retrieves those options and returns them as variables. Probably more work than is reasonable to expect from an answer here (IMHO). If you're comfortable writing plugins, I could certainly leave an answer that describes the steps. Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 13:18

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Have you tried using the {options:field_name} syntax, as demonstrated in the Safecracker docs?

<select name="my_field_name[row_new_0][col_id_14]">
                <option value="{option_value}">{option_name}</option>

I'm just not sure it will work with a third-party add-on like PT Select.

  • I don't this works because the P&T list doesn't store the item options in the same db field as the native option. Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 16:22
  • The {options:field_name} syntax supplied by Derek should work fine for looping through the options - I'm using the exact same syntax for P&T Dropdown fields in SafeCracker forms.
    – Stephen
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 20:33
  • Thank for the correction, I will have to test it again. The last time I tried it didn't work for me, I may have done something wrong inadvertently. Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 22:01
  • @Derek - is {options:my_field_name} supposed to be the Matrix field name? Shouldn't I be looping through the Matrix' cell instead? Say I have a Matrix field name foo which contains a PT Dropdown cell named bar. Is it supposed to be {options:foo} or {options:bar} or something else? Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 8:04
  • Just found this: getsatisfaction.com/pixelandtonic/topics/…. Brandon Kelly says there is no efficient way to do it. The post is over a year old, though. Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 8:23

I've not used this in a SafeCracker form, but in a Low Search form, I've used the Low Options plugin to output the options from a P&T Dropdown field, so it might be worth a try if you're still having trouble with this.

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