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v1.0.3 2019-12-11 17:36 UTC


Pure fusion form rendering with afx support!

Development targets

  • Form rendering in fusion with afx and data binding
  • Clear separation of automation and magic for understandable results
  • Flexibility:
    • Make no assumption about the required markup like classNames
    • Allow to override all automatically assigned attributes
    • Enable form fragments as fusion components
    • Allow to bind multiple objects to a single form
    • Enable to create custom controls with
    • Respect form elements that are defined as plain html when rendering __trustedProperties
  • Convenience:
    • Render hidden fields for validation, security and persistence magic
    • Provide validation-errors and restore previously submitted values
    • Prefix fieldnames with the current request namespace if needed
  • Make writing of fusion backend modules easy:
    • Create a backend field container with translated labels and error messages
    • Adjust field markup inside the field container for the neos-backend

Important Deviations from Fluid Form ViewHelpers

The following deviations are probably the ones fluid developers will stumble over. There are many more deviations but those are breaking concept changes you should be aware of.

  • Instead of binding a single object a data DataStructure is bound to the form.
  • Form data-binding is defined via{object} instead of objectName and object.
  • Field data-binding is defined vis"object[title]" with the object name and square brackets for nesting.
  • Data binding with property path syntax is not supported.
  • Select options and groups are defined directly as afx content and not options.

Stability of version 1.0.0

With the release of version 1.0.0 the fusion api of the prototypes directly in the Neos.Fusion.Form:* namespace is now stable. We currently do not expect much changes here in the future other than bugfixes.

The namespaces Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.*, Neos.Fusion.Form:Definition.* and Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.* and the underlying php classes are still beta and define the internal apis for the top level prototypes. Those apis may change even in a feature release.

With the exception of the internal apis semantic-versioning will be used so every breaking change will increase the major-version number.


Forms usually are defined by using the Neos.Fusion.Form:Form prototype in afx. The can be passed as a string but since it is predefined as a Neos.Fusion:UriBuilder so in most cases only the target has to be defined. The current package and controller are assumed automatically. By default the form.method is post but other methods can be used aswell.

renderer = afx`
    <Neos.Fusion.Form:Form"sendOrder""Order" >


Since forms are used to manipulate existing data those objects or data structures are bound the form as The fusion forms allow to manipulate multiple objects at once that are sent to the target controller as separate arguments.

renderer = afx`


The actual input elements, fieldsets and labels are defined as afx content for the form.

renderer = afx`
            <legend for="example">Example</legend>
            <input type="text" name="title" />

While html inputs can be used they provide no magic like data-binding and automatic namespaces.

To render controls that access the data bound to the form prototypes like Neos.Fusion.Form:Input are used. Those prototyoes are derived from Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field which is responsible for establishing the relation between form and field.

There are plenty of different fieldTypes already that can be found in the Neos.Neos.Form Fusion Documentation but it is also easily possible to create new input-types for project specific purposes.

renderer = afx`
        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"customer[firstName]" />
        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"customer[lastName]" />
        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Button >Submit</Neos.Fusion.Form:Button>

It is possible to create field components with translated label and error rendering. The prototype Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer is an example for that which implements the required markup for Neos backend modules. Label are added and translated using the translations from Neos.Neos:Main and validation errors are translated using the source Neos.Flow:ValidationErrors as translation source.

ATTENTION: Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer should not be used for frontend code and is not designed to be adjustable at all. Instead use it as a blueprint to create custom versions that implement your project specific markup.

renderer = afx`
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input />
        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Button >Submit</Neos.Fusion.Form:Button>

Fusion prototypes and Helpers

  • The fusion documentation can be found here
  • The helper documentation can be found here


Using fusion forms in the frontend

This example defines a ShipmentForm component that accepts the props customer, shipment and targetAction. The form content is defined as afx. The form data is defined with both values customer and shipment that are both modified and sent to the target controller.

prototype(Form.Test:Component.ShipmentForm) < prototype(Neos.Fusion:Component) {
    customer = null
    shipment = null
    targetAction = null
    renderer = afx`
        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Form{props.customer}{props.shipment}{props.targetAction} >

            <label for="firstName" >First Name</label>	
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"firstName""customer[lastName]" />
            <label for="lastName">Last Name</label>
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"lastName""customer[lastName]" />
            <label>Shipment method</label>
            <label><Neos.Fusion.Form:Radio"shipment[method]" field.value="ups" />UPS</label>
            <label><Neos.Fusion.Form:Radio"shipment[method]" field.value="dhl" />DHL</label>
            <label><Neos.Fusion.Form:Radio"shipment[method]" field.value="pickup" />Pickup</label>
            <label for="street">Street</label>
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"street""customer[street]" />
            <label for="city">City</label>
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input"city""customer[city]" />
            <label for="country" >Country</label>
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="de" >Germany</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="at" >Austria</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="ch" > Switzerland </Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Button>Submit Order</Neos.Fusion.Form:Button>


Using fusion forms in a backend module

Forms for backend modules basically work the same as in the frontend but the additional prototype Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer can be used to render fields with translated labels and error messages using the default markup of the Neos backend.

HINT: To render a backend module with fusion you have to set the defaultViwObjectName to the Neos\Fusion\View\FusionView::class in the controller class and be aware that you have to include all required fusion explicitly.

# In backend modules all includes have to be done explicitly
# the default fusion from Neos.Fusion and Neos.Fusion.Form 
# is needed for rendering of basic forms
include: resource://Neos.Fusion/Private/Fusion/Root.fusion
include: resource://Neos.Fusion.Form/Private/Fusion/Root.fusion

# By default the fusion view creates the render pathes from the
# current package controller and action. 
Form.Test.FusionController.index = Form.Test:Backend.UserForm
Form.Test.FusionController.updateUser = Form.Test:Backend.UserForm

# The rendering of the form is centralized in a single prototype 
# that expects the values `title`, `user` and `targetAction` in the context
prototype(Form.Test:Backend.UserForm) < prototype(Neos.Fusion:Component) {

    renderer = afx`

        <Neos.Fusion.Form:Form{user}{targetAction} >

            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer"user[firstName]" label="user.firstName">
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input />

            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer"user[firstName]" label="user.lastName">
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Input />

            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer"user[roles]" label="user.role" field.multiple>
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Checkbox field.value="Neos.Neos:RestrictedEditor" />
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Checkbox field.value="Neos.Neos:Editor" />
                <Neos.Fusion.Form:Checkbox field.value="Neos.Neos:Administrator" />

            <Neos.Fusion.Form:Neos.BackendModule.FieldContainer"user[language]" label="user.language" >
                    <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="en" >Englisch</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
                    <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="de" >Deutsch</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
                    <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="ru" >Russian</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>
                    <Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option option.value="kg" >Klingon</Neos.Fusion.Form:Select.Option>



Extending Neos.Fusion-Form:

Implementing custom Form Fields

The most obvious extension point is the definition of custom fieldtypes. To do so you have to extend the Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field prototype and implement the renderer you need.

For the rendering you have access to the field in the fusion context gives you access to the current value from data binding and the target value.

HINT: By default all field components support setting attributes which are expected to override all autmatically assigned attributes and whenever it makes sense also content which is usually defined via afx.

prototypeVendor.Site:Form.Textarea)  < prototype(Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field) {
    renderer = afx`
            {String.htmlspecialchars(field.getCurrentValueStringified() || props.content)}

Implementing a custom DatetimeLocal field

Sometimes custom fieldtypes are needed or to implement a different value conversion to the html form than the default field offer.

This example shows a datetime-local field that implements a custom stringification for DateTime and integer values.

prototype(Vendor.Site:Form.DatetimeLocal) < prototype(Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field) {

    # Since we want calculate the value via fusion but want to avoid 
    # making value an api a wrapper component is used  
    renderer = Neos.Fusion:Component {

        # the `field` provides the name
        name = ${field.getName()}
        # the value is fetched from the `field` with fallback to target value
        value = ${field.getCurrentValue() || field.getTargetValue()}
        # the value might be an object so we have to process it to a string for html
        value.@process.formatDatime = Neos.Fusion:Case {
            isDateTime {
                condition = ${(Type.getType(value) == 'object') && Type.instance(value , '\DateTime') }
                renderer = ${Date.format(value, 'Y-m-d\TH:i')}
            isInteger {
                condition = ${(Type.getType(value) == 'integer')}
                renderer = ${Date.format(Date.create('@' + value), 'Y-m-d\TH:i')}
            default {
                condition = true
                renderer = ${field.getCurrentValueStringified() || field.getTargetValueStringified()}
        # attributes are passed down 
        attributes = ${props.attributes}

        # the actual markup
        renderer = afx`

Custom Container with translated labels and errors

A custom field container is a component that renders label and errors for a field but expects the field itself as afx content. This pattern allows to centralize error and label rendering while the field-controls are still decided for each field separately.

prototype(Vendor.Site:Form.FieldContainer)  < prototype(Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field) {

    name = null
    multiple = false
    label = null
    content = null

    renderer = afx`
        <div class={field.errors ? "error"}>
            <label for={} @if.has={props.label}>
                {I18n.translate(props.label, props.label, [], 'Main', 'Vendor.Site')}
            <ul @if.hasErrors={field.errors} class="errors">
                <Neos.Fusion:Loop items={field.result.flattenedErrors} itemName="errors" >
                    <Neos.Fusion:Loop items={errors} itemName="error" >
                            {I18n.translate(error.code, error, [], 'ValidationErrors', 'Vendor.Site')}

    # all FieldComponents will render the as id so
    # the label for from the FieldContainer references them correctly 
    prototype(Neos.Fusion.Form:Component.Field) { = ${}