[Product-Developers] Re: how to set a content-based default value for a field

Kees Hink hink at gw20e.com
Fri Apr 9 10:12:41 UTC 2010

Already answered in plone-users, sorry for cross-posting.


Kees Hink wrote:
> I know how to set a default value for a field, however, i would like this
> default value to come from a content item.
> The use case: Lots of users are creating content (a custom content-type), but
> the site admin would like them to stick to a predefined format. The main
> content is in a text-field, and the admin wants some chapters to always be
> there, or at least remind their users they should have them in their text. So
> the goal is: When someone creates a new MyType object, the chapters (h2
> elements) in the 'text' field are filled in already.
> Currently, i've defined this in the schema (archetypes), but that requires a
> software update if the predefined format should ever change. (Of course, they
> don't expect that to happen, ever ;) )
> So i'm looking for alternatives. One thing i've tried is to register an event
> listener which does a 'setText' on the object (and would later do a catalog
> call to fetch the "predefined chapters template" object). However,
> Products.Archetypes.interfaces.IObjectInitializedEvent only does something when
> an object is saved for the first time, so instead of showing predefined
> chapters on the text field in the form, it overwrites the text which was
> entered. I've also tried
> zope.lifecycleevent.interfaces.IObjectCreatedEvent, which  is fired more than
> once but does not change the form a user sees.
> If i would have to fix this right now, i'd use JavaScript, but surely there's a
> better way?
> Kees

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