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To configure a decorator, pass an array of options or a Zend_Config object to its constructor, an array to setOptions(), or a Zend_Config object to setConfig().

Standard options include:

  • placement: Placement can be either 'append' or 'prepend' (case insensitive), and indicates whether content passed to render() will be appended or prepended, respectively. In the case that a decorator replaces the content, this setting is ignored. The default setting is to append.

  • separator: The separator is used between the content passed to render() and new content generated by the decorator, or between items rendered by the decorator (e.g. FormElements uses the separator between each item rendered). In the case that a decorator replaces the content, this setting may be ignored. The default value is PHP_EOL.

The decorator interface specifies methods for interacting with options. These include:

  • setOption($key, $value): set a single option.

  • getOption($key): retrieve a single option value.

  • getOptions(): retrieve all options.

  • removeOption($key): remove a single option.

  • clearOptions(): remove all options.

Decorators are meant to interact with the various Zend_Form class types: Zend_Form, Zend_Form_Element, Zend_Form_DisplayGroup, and all classes deriving from them. The method setElement() allows you to set the object the decorator is currently working with, and getElement() is used to retrieve it.

Each decorator's render() method accepts a string, $content. When the first decorator is called, this string is typically empty, while on subsequent calls it will be populated. Based on the type of decorator and the options passed in, the decorator will either replace this string, prepend the string, or append the string; an optional separator will be used in the latter two situations.

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