I am making a module, each time user make content type and add fields to it, all its field values get rendered into static template dynamically.

For this, I am using noad_load_multiple() to get all node values of selected content type and using hook_theme(), displaying it in a static template page.

$compfields = [node_load_multiple][2](array(), array('type' => $node_type));

return theme('component_fields',array('compfields' => $compfields));

In the template file, I am using the following code, looping over $compfields.

print '<p>' . $value->body['und']['0']['value'] . '</p>';

I know my content type has a body field which is rendered with print '<p>' . $value->body['und']['0']['value'] . '</p>';.

How can I render the additional fields added to a content type without knowing their field type?

  • Sounds bizarre, why aren't you using the Manage Display tab of the content type? Jul 24, 2015 at 13:30
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    Your code is susceptible to XSS attacks. Unless you understand what that means, and why it's bad, you shouldn't be doing what you're doing. Get a more experienced developer to help you, at least
    – Clive
    Jul 24, 2015 at 13:36
  • @clive can you give an example of good module so that I can learn coding standards against XSS attack? Jul 24, 2015 at 13:59
  • Read all of the links here: drupal.org/developing/best-practices, and everything those inner pages link out to as well. There's a lot of ground to cover
    – Clive
    Jul 24, 2015 at 14:00

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You could run a 'foreach' on the items in the list. Added fields will be named 'field_ ...' which is easy to check. The fields come with their own render functions, also available in the field object code. Although i think drupal_render() will handle it correctly anyway.

A first step could be to use dsm($compfields) to identify the field structure and then use it. (dsm is part of the devel module and displays structures in nicely readable format)

  • you mean to say check condition on every type of field, that if my field is of type text, render $value->text. If field is of type summary or text area, follow $value->body['und']['0']['value'] pattern, if it's an image field follow xyz pattern?? Jul 24, 2015 at 13:58
  • yes, that seems like a straightforward way, since you are in control of 'when a field is added' so caching will be no issue, nor the multiple reruns. btw is it drupal 7 or 6? and check out drupal_render of a field, it will handle the different theme functions itself.
    – Joel Box
    Jul 24, 2015 at 14:31
  • its drupal 7. Ok, I will go with this approach. But I think, it will gonna be too lengthy. Any short cut or function that can directly recognize every dynamic field and behave accordingly? Jul 24, 2015 at 15:10

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