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Collection

Sometimes, you may want to add input (or a set of inputs) multiple times, either because you don’t want to duplicate code, or because you do not know in advance how many elements you will need (in the case of elements dynamically added to a form using JavaScript, for instance). For more information about Collection, please refer to the Form Collections tutorial.

Zend\Form\Element\Collection is meant to be paired with the Zend\Form\View\Helper\FormCollection.

Basic Usage

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use Zend\Form\Element;
use Zend\Form\Form;

$colors = new Element\Collection('collection');
$colors->setLabel('Colors');
$colors->setCount(2);
$colors->setTargetElement(new Element\Color());
$colors->setShouldCreateTemplate(true);

$form = new Form('my-form');
$form->add($colors);

Using the array notation:

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use Zend\Form\Element;
use Zend\Form\Form;

$form = new Form('my-form');
$form->add(array(
    'type' => 'Zend\Form\Element\Collection',
    'options' => array(
        'label' => 'Colors',
        'count' => 2,
        'should_create_template' => true,
        'target_element' => new Element\Color()
    )
));

Public Methods

The following methods are in addition to the inherited methods of Zend\Form\Element .

setOptions(array $options)

Set options for an element of type Collection. Accepted options, in addition to the inherited options of Zend\Form\Element , are: "target_element", "count", "allow_add", "allow_remove", "should_create_template" and "template_placeholder". Those option keys respectively call call setTargetElement, setCount, setAllowAdd, setAllowRemove, setShouldCreateTemplate and setTemplatePlaceholder.

allowObjectBinding(object $object)

Checks if the object can be set in this fieldset.

Return type:bool
setObject(array|Traversable $object)

Set the object used by the hydrator. In this case the “object” is a collection of objects.

populateValues(array|Traversable $data)

Populate values

allowValueBinding()

Checks if this fieldset can bind data

Return type:bool
setCount($count)

Defines how many times the target element will be initially rendered by the Zend\Form\View\Helper\FormCollection view helper.

getCount()

Return the number of times the target element will be initially rendered by the Zend\Form\View\Helper\FormCollection view helper.

Return type:integer
setTargetElement($elementOrFieldset)

This function either takes an Zend\Form\ElementInterface, Zend\Form\FieldsetInterface instance or an array to pass to the form factory. When the Collection element will be validated, the input filter will be retrieved from this target element and be used to validate each element in the collection.

getTargetElement()

Return the target element used by the collection.

Return type:ElementInterface | null
setAllowAdd($allowAdd)

If allowAdd is set to true (which is the default), new elements added dynamically in the form (using JavaScript, for instance) will also be validated and retrieved.

allowAdd()

Return if new elements can be dynamically added in the collection.

Return type:boolean
setAllowRemove($allowRemove)

If allowRemove is set to true (which is the default), new elements added dynamically in the form (using JavaScript, for instance) will be allowed to be removed.

allowRemove()

Return if new elements can be dynamically removed from the collection.

Return type:boolean
setShouldCreateTemplate($shouldCreateTemplate)

If shouldCreateTemplate is set to true (defaults to false), a <span> element will be generated by the Zend\Form\View\Helper\FormCollection view helper. This non-semantic span element contains a single data-template HTML5 attribute whose value is the whole HTML to copy to create a new element in the form. The template is indexed using the templatePlaceholder value.

shouldCreateTemplate()

Return if a template should be created.

Return type:boolean
setTemplatePlaceholder($templatePlaceholder)

Set the template placeholder (defaults to __index__) used to index element in the template.

getTemplatePlaceholder()

Returns the template placeholder used to index element in the template.

Return type:string
getTemplateElement()

Get a template element used for rendering purposes only

Return type:null|ElementInterface|FieldsetInterface
prepareElement()

Prepare the collection by adding a dummy template element if the user want one

prepareFieldset()

If both count and targetElement are set, add them to the fieldset

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