ZF-8404: Zend_Form::addElement() from config does not check the name of the newly created element

Issue Type: Improvement Created: 2009-11-26T23:53:12.000+0000 Last Updated: 2012-11-20T20:53:22.000+0000 Status: Closed Fix version(s): Reporter: Vyacheslav Dobromyslov (bbg) Assignee: None Tags: - Zend_Form

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If you add element from config using addElement() the script executes createElement() method. But the name of the element may be changed there. For an instance I can add prefix to the name. It's not taken into consideration.

Here is my solution:

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     * Add a new element
     * $element may be either a string element type, or an object of type 
     * Zend_Form_Element. If a string element type is provided, $name must be 
     * provided, and $options may be optionally provided for configuring the 
     * element.
     * If a Zend_Form_Element is provided, $name may be optionally provided, 
     * and any provided $options will be ignored.
     * @param  string|Zend_Form_Element $element 
     * @param  string $name 
     * @param  array|Zend_Config $options 
     * @return Zend_Form
    public function addElement($element, $name = null, $options = null)
        if (is_string($element)) {
            if (null === $name) {
                require_once 'Zend/Form/Exception.php';
                throw new Zend_Form_Exception('Elements specified by string must have an accompanying name');

            if (is_array($this->_elementDecorators)) {
                if (null === $options) {
                    $options = array('decorators' => $this->_elementDecorators);
                } elseif ($options instanceof Zend_Config) {
                    $options = $options->toArray();
                if (is_array($options) 
                    && !array_key_exists('decorators', $options)
                ) {
                    $options['decorators'] = $this->_elementDecorators;

            // Element name may be changed in createElement!
            //$this->_elements[$name] = $this->createElement($element, $name, $options);
            // <--
            $element = $this->createElement($element, $name, $options);
            $name = $element->getName();
            $this->_elements[$name] = $element;
            // -->
        } elseif ($element instanceof Zend_Form_Element) {
            $prefixPaths              = array();
            $prefixPaths['decorator'] = $this->getPluginLoader('decorator')->getPaths();
            if (!empty($this->_elementPrefixPaths)) {
                $prefixPaths = array_merge($prefixPaths, $this->_elementPrefixPaths);

            if (null === $name) {
                $name = $element->getName();

            $this->_elements[$name] = $element;

        $this->_order[$name] = $this->_elements[$name]->getOrder();
        $this->_orderUpdated = true;

        return $this;


Posted by Rob Allen (rob) on 2012-11-20T20:53:22.000+0000

Bulk change of all issues last updated before 1st January 2010 as "Won't Fix".

Feel free to re-open and provide a patch if you want to fix this issue.

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