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2.0.1 2016-10-18 11:06 UTC


Tiny library designed to fill the gap between TYPO3 CMS versions 7.6 and 8.x

Why do I need it?

On Standalone Fluid 1.1.0 and upwards, ViewHelper compiling is assisted by Traits which allow the ViewHelper to simply include a Trait and automatically become compilable. However, due to the signature differences it is not possible to implement a compile() method on TYPO3 CMS ViewHelpers when those ViewHelpers belong to packages which must operate on both TYPO3 CMS 7.6 and 8.x. There are currently two such Traits:

  • CompileWithRenderStatic which compiles the ViewHelper by inserting a direct call to the renderStatic function on the ViewHelper (which you must then implement!)
  • CompileWithContentArgumentAndRenderStatic which also compiles to a renderStatic call but with the added behavior that the first optional argument is used as a "content argument" which means that if that argument is empty, renderChildren() is called to retrieve a value. It achieves this by creating an alternative closure to replace the renderChildrenClosure. This is a fairly wide-spread use case in TYPO3 CMS and extensions and the benefit of the Trait is that you do not have to check the arguments array for a set value - you can instead indiscriminately call the $renderChildrenClosure() that is provided for the renderStatic method and it will return the right value.

Essentially: you need this bridge library for cross-version TYPO3 CMS Fluid ViewHelper compiling - and you "need" (read: want) it to drastically decrease the size of and code duplication in your ViewHelpers.

What does it do?

Since Fluid Standalone changes the signature of the compile() method on ViewHelpers from requiring an AbstractNode to requiring the proper ViewHelperNode, as well as the new namespace location for the TemplateCompiler class a bridging library is required to provide Traits with the exact same class name but different signatures depending on TYPO3 CMS version - and do so without breaking the strict signature requirements of PHP 7.0+ (which is required by TYPO3 CMS 8.x).


  • On TYPO3 CMS 8.4 and above, the package provides an alias for the corresponding Traits from Fluid Standalone version 1.1.0+. This allows ViewHelpers to use the bridge Trait with the exact same effect as using the "real" Trait.
  • On TYPO3 CMS 7.6 the package provides a custom implementation of the Traits which are partially rewritten from the Fluid Standalone 1.1.0 implementations to be suitable for this version and this version only.

This means that by adding this package as a dependency and using the bridge versions of Traits your TYPO3 extension can provide perfectly compilable ViewHelpers (when they fit the two standard use cases) and have them work equally well on TYPO3 CMS 7.6 and 8.x.


To include this dependency you must do so with a version restriction that will match either the 1.0 or the 2.0 branch of this package - or use a wildcard. This allows Composer to select the proper version of the bridge library based on the selected version of TYPO3 CMS.

Valid require statements could be for example:

composer require namelesscoder/typo3-cms-fluid-gap:*
composer require "namelesscoder/typo3-cms-fluid-gap:>=1.0 <2.1"
composer require "namelesscoder/typo3-cms-fluid-gap:1.0 - 2.0"

Depending on your preferred strictness you may choose any of the above but the latter two are recommended since they constrain the versions specifically to 1.0.x OR 2.0.x.

Special note about CompilableInterface

Small bit of history: on TYPO3 CMS 7.6 an interface exists which instructs the Fluid TemplateCompiler that a ViewHelper supports compiling (e.g. implements the compile() method). Since Fluid Standalone and thus TYPO3 CMS 8.x this interface no longer exists - it has been replaced with a fallback compiling mechanism combined with the requirement to intentionally disable compiling if a ViewHelper is wholly uncompilable.

This means that you will be implementing an interface which is deprecated on one of your supported TYPO3 CMS versions, namely 8.x. Unfortunately this cannot be avoided.

Furthermore it requires you to be prepared to remove this implementation of the interface once your extension no longer supports TYPO3 CMS 7.6. And it requires you to drop compiling support on TYPO3 CMS 7.6 if/when your extension must begin to support a TYPO3 CMS version on which the temporary aliases for the deprecated interface get removed.

So this is a caveat that you must be prepared to address later on.

An example of a proper implementation working on TYPO3 CMS 7.6 and 8.x but registering as a deprecated usage when running on TYPO3 CMS 8.x:

namespace My\Extension\ViewHelpers;

class MySpecialViewHelper implements \TYPO3\CMS\Fluid\Core\ViewHelper\CompilableInterface
    use \NamelessCoder\FluidGap\Traits\CompileWithRenderStatic;
    // when using a "content argument" taken from `renderChildren()` if argument is empty:
    // use \NamelessCoder\FluidGap\Traits\CompileWithContentArgumentAndRenderStatic;

    public static function renderStatic(
        array $arguments, 
        \Closure $renderChildrenClosure, 
        TYPO3\CMS\Fluid\Core\Rendering\RenderingContextInterface $renderingContext
    ) {
        return 'This is what my ViewHelper returns';

Side note: the RenderingContextInterface is also deprectaed on TYPO3 CMS 8.x and will also need to be migrated once that gets removed. TYPO3 CMS 8.4 appears to receive a migration analysis tool which will catch any such occurrences in your own and third party extensions alike.