I am creating a form via module, that I wish to use for both insert and update. After the insert user has the option of going back to edit the values previously input. The issue that I encounter is with the update.

This function decides if insert or update

public function form()
    $tagdata     = $this->EE->TMPL->tagdata;

        $variables   = array();
        $variables[] = $_SESSION['tags'];

        return self::buildForm('updateForm', $tagdata, $variables);


    return self::buildForm('addDonation', $tagdata);

While this function handles the actual building of the form

public function buildForm($method, $tagdata, $variables = FALSE)
    $hidden_fields = array(
        'ACT' =>  $this->EE->functions->fetch_action_id('Meal', $method)

    if($variables != FALSE){

        $conditionals = $this->EE->TMPL->simple_conditionals($tagdata, $variables);
        $conditionals = $this->EE->TMPL->parse_variables_row($conditionals, $variables);


        $content = $this->EE->TMPL->parse_globals($this->EE->TMPL->final_template);


    //Build an array with the form data
    $form_data = array(
        "id"            => $this->EE->TMPL->form_id,
        "class"         => $this->EE->TMPL->form_class,
        'hidden_fields' => $hidden_fields

    $form = $this->EE->functions->form_declaration($form_data) . $content . "</form>";

    return $form;

The output is currently {if FirstName != and {FirstName} within the conditional is not being parsed.

Any help greatly appreciated!

1 Answer 1


I think you're making this more complex than needed. This should suffice:

if($variables != FALSE)
    $content = $this->EE->TMPL->parse_globals(
        $this->EE->TMPL->parse_variables($tagdata, $variables)//preps then runs parse_variables_row()    
  • Thanks for the help. Printed out $content from your example. It is returning the conditional {if FirstName != ....nothing. here is the markup from template value="{if FirstName !=""} {FirstName}{/if}
    – SuperNinja
    Feb 13, 2014 at 0:51
  • Don't just print it out - use it in a template. The template parser still needs to run through it for the conditionals to be parsed. At this point they are only prepped, not actually parsed. Feb 13, 2014 at 2:23
  • I must not be using correctly, sorry lil new at this... Here is where I am attempting to put the content back into my form, and it's not being parsed here. $form = $this->EE->functions->form_declaration($form_data) . $content . "</form>";
    – SuperNinja
    Feb 13, 2014 at 2:59
  • That's correct - but just printing it out inside your add-on code won't yield what you expect. That final output still needs to be processed by the template parser, which happens when your front-end template which displays your form is loaded. Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43
  • Thanks for the help. Guys over at Ellislabs straightened things out. Ended up being a simple variation on your suggestion. $this->EE->TMPL->parse_variables replaces $this->EE->TMPL->parse_variables_row , it does the prep work before calling $this->EE->TMPL->parse_variables_row -- If you would like to update your answer I'll be happy to accept.
    – SuperNinja
    Feb 13, 2014 at 23:20

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