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Helper Paths

As with view scripts, your controller can specify a stack of paths for Zend_View to search for helper classes. By default, Zend_View looks in "Zend/View/Helper/*" for helper classes. You can tell Zend_View to look in other locations using the setHelperPath() and addHelperPath() methods. Additionally, you can indicate a class prefix to use for helpers in the path provided, to allow namespacing your helper classes. By default, if no class prefix is provided, 'Zend_View_Helper_' is assumed.

= new Zend_View();

// Set path to /path/to/more/helpers, with prefix 'My_View_Helper'

In fact, you can "stack" paths using the addHelperPath() method. As you add paths to the stack, Zend_View will look at the most-recently-added path for the requested helper class. This allows you to add to (or even override) the initial distribution of helpers with your own custom helpers.

= new Zend_View();
// Add /path/to/some/helpers with class prefix 'My_View_Helper'
// Add /other/path/to/helpers with class prefix 'Your_View_Helper'

// now when you call $this->helperName(), Zend_View will look first for
// "/path/to/some/helpers/HelperName" using class name
// "Your_View_Helper_HelperName", then for
// "/other/path/to/helpers/HelperName.php" using class name
// "My_View_Helper_HelperName", and finally for
// "Zend/View/Helper/HelperName.php" using class name
// "Zend_View_Helper_HelperName".

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