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{html_checkboxes} is a custom function that creates an html checkbox group with provided data. It takes care of which item(s) are selected by default as well.

Attribute Name Type Required Default Description
name string No checkbox Name of checkbox list
values array Yes, unless using options attribute n/a An array of values for checkbox buttons
output array Yes, unless using options attribute n/a An array of output for checkbox buttons
selected string/array No empty The selected checkbox element(s)
options associative array Yes, unless using values and output n/a An associative array of values and output
separator string No empty String of text to separate each checkbox item
assign string No empty Assign checkbox tags to an array instead of output
labels boolean No TRUE Add <label>-tags to the output
label_ids boolean No FALSE Add id-attributes to <label> and <input> to the output
escape boolean No TRUE Escape the output / content (values are always escaped)
strict boolean No FALSE Will make the "extra" attributes disabled and readonly only be set, if they were supplied with either boolean TRUE or string "disabled" and "readonly" respectively
  • Required attributes are values and output, unless you use options instead.

  • All output is XHTML compliant.

  • All parameters that are not in the list above are printed as name/value-pairs inside each of the created <input>-tags.

Example 138. {html_checkboxes}


->assign('cust_ids', array(1000,1001,1002,1003));
$smarty->assign('cust_names', array(
'Joe Schmoe',
'Jack Smith',
'Jane Johnson',
'Charlie Brown')



where template is

{html_checkboxes name='id' values=$cust_ids output=$cust_names
   selected=$customer_id  separator='<br />'}


or where PHP code is:


->assign('cust_checkboxes', array(
1000 => 'Joe Schmoe',
1001 => 'Jack Smith',
1002 => 'Jane Johnson',
1003 => 'Charlie Brown')



and the template is

{html_checkboxes name='id' options=$cust_checkboxes
   selected=$customer_id separator='<br />'}


both examples will output:

<label><input type="checkbox" name="id[]" value="1000" />Joe Schmoe</label><br />
<label><input type="checkbox" name="id[]" value="1001" checked="checked" />Jack Smith</label>
<br />
<label><input type="checkbox" name="id[]" value="1002" />Jane Johnson</label><br />
<label><input type="checkbox" name="id[]" value="1003" />Charlie Brown</label><br />


Example 139.  Database example (eg PEAR or ADODB):


'select type_id, types from contact_types order by type';

$sql 'select contact_id, contact_type_id, contact '
.'from contacts where contact_id=12';



The results of the database queries above would be output with.

{html_checkboxes name='contact_type_id' options=$contact_types
        selected=$contact.contact_type_id separator='<br />'}

See also {html_radios} and {html_options}

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