Field settings.php

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This is the documentation for the field settings file. It contains a technical description of the elements that must be and may optionally be present in fields.

Common/Obligatory Attributes


The two top settings are essential for the good working of the field:

  • dataclass = This tells the system what Data Class the field is.
  • classtype = This tells the system what Classtype the field is.

There is not currently an ARK function to create new classtypes. In order to add a new classtype, please access the database using PHPMyAdmin and add the classtype directly in the cor_lut_classtype table (eg. cor_lut_actiontype, cor_lut_datetype, etc...).


As of v0.8 fields now have the option of being made 'sortable' in the data view (search). In order to allow for ascending and descending sorting on fields a 'field_id' must be added to the fields of interest, rendering them sortable in the search results table view.

  • field_id = This is set to the name of the field, i.e. for field 'conf_field_textdesc', the 'field_id' => 'conf_field_textdesc'

Alias Settings

The alias for the field requires the following 4 attributes:

  • alias_tbl = the table for the getAlias call
  • alias_col = the col for the getAlias call
  • alias_src_key = the alias_src_key for the getAlias call
  • alias_type = the alias_type for the getAlias call

It is important to add all alias values to cor_tbl_alias when configuring fields. This can be completed using the Alias Administration tools.

Other Obligatory Settings

  • editable = set TRUE to process this field in forms set FALSE for display only
  • hidden = 1/TRUE | 0/FALSE/blank | string (see below)
  • add_validation = validation rules for this field when on an add routine
  • edt_validation = validation rules for this field when on an edt routine


An example of a standard text field:

$conf_field_desc =
        'dataclass' => 'txt',
        'classtype' => 'desc',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_txttype',
        'alias_col' => 'txttype',
        'alias_src_key' => 'desc',
        'alias_type' => '1',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $txt_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $txt_edt_validation

An example of a standard attribute field:

$conf_field_samplecondition =
        'dataclass' => 'attr',
        'classtype' => 'samplecondition',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_attributetype',
        'alias_col' => 'attributetype',
        'alias_src_key' => 'sampleconditions',
        'alias_type' => '1',
        //'alias_classtype' => 'Condition',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $attr_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $attr_edt_validation

An example of a standard number field:

$conf_field_total =
        'dataclass' => 'number',
        'classtype' => 'total',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_numbertype',
        'alias_col' => 'numbertype',
        'alias_src_key' => 'total',
        'alias_type' => '1',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $number_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $number_edt_validation

An example of a standard date field:

$conf_field_issuedon =
        'dataclass' => 'date',
        'datestyle' => 'dd,mm,yr',
        'classtype' => 'issuedon',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_datetype',
        'alias_col' => 'datetype',
        'alias_src_key' => 'issuedon',
        'alias_type' => '1',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $date_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $date_edt_validation

An example of a standard span field:

$conf_field_sameas =
       'dataclass' => 'span',
       'classtype' => 'sameas',
       'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_spantype',
       'alias_col' => 'spantype',
       'alias_src_key' => 'sameas',
       'alias_type' => '1',
       'editable' => TRUE,
       'hidden' => FALSE,
       'add_validation' => $span_add_validation,
       'edt_validation' => $span_edt_validation

An example of a standard xmi field:

$conf_field_romxmi = 
        'dataclass' => 'xmi',
        'classtype' => 'xmi_list',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_tbl_module',
        'alias_col' => 'itemkey',
        'alias_src_key' => 'rom_cd',
        'alias_type' => '1',
        'module' => 'mus',
        'xmi_mod' => 'rom',  
        'op_xmi_itemkey' => 'rom_cd',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $xmi_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $xmi_edt_validation

And finally, an example of a standard file field:

$conf_field_file =
      'dataclass' => 'file',
      'classtype' => 'file',
      'alias_tbl' => 'cor_tbl_col',
      'alias_col' => 'id',
      'alias_src_key' => '6',
      'alias_type' => '1',
      'editable' => TRUE,
      'hidden' => FALSE,
      'add_validation' => $file_add_validation,
      'edt_validation' => $file_edt_validation

Class specific settings

Each class has some specific settings some of which may be optional or required.

Class: action

An example of an action class field.

$conf_field_issuedto = 
        'dataclass' => 'action',
        'classtype' => 'issuedto',
        'alias_tbl' => 'cor_lut_actiontype',
        'alias_col' => 'actiontype',
        'alias_src_key' => 'issuedto',
        'actors_mod' => 'abk',
        'actors_type' => 'people',
        'actors_element' => 'name',
        'actors_style' => 'single',
        'actors_elementclass' => 'txt',
        'actors_grp' => FALSE,
        'alias_type' => '1',
        'editable' => TRUE,
        'hidden' => FALSE,
        'add_validation' => $action_add_validation,
        'edt_validation' => $action_edt_validation
  • actors_mod = The module holding the actors (normally abk)
  • actors_type = The mod type as listed in mod_lut_modtype
  • actors_element = The text type to display within the dropdown
  • actors_style = whether actor information is displayed in a list style ('list') or as a single actor/date pairing ('single')
  • actors_elementclass = Class of data to be displayed for a given actor (ie. txt, number, etc)
  • actors_grp = Group functionality will allow the selection of a group of actors (in development)

Event Fields

Event fields are effectively wrappers for action/date fields. All fields must be set up above. One can also use actions and dates without having the event wrapper, but this allows one to group multiple events into a single subform.

See below for an example of a configured event field:

$conf_event_compiled = 
        'type' => 'compiled',
        'date' => $conf_field_compiledon,
        'action' => $conf_field_compiledby