forms api

Calling form validate functions in include files from other modules

Update: See comments below, and completely ignore this post. Nothing to see here...

module_load_include() is a great way to add code from other module's include files, but it doesn't always work as you'd expect. Recently, I was building a form in one module that pulled up a validation function from another module when a particular submit button was pressed:

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module_load_include('inc', 'another_module', 'includes/another_module.forms');
$form['actions']['submit'] = array(
'#type' => 'submit',
'#value' => t('Awesome Submit Button'),
'#validate' => array('another_module_form_validate_function'),

User-friendly spam prevention for your Drupal site

...such is the title of my session proposal for DrupalCon Denver 2012. I'm aiming the presentation at beginners, but it should be helpful for anyone with a Drupal site that has fought the battle with spammers—and lost.

Preventing form spam chart

Since I've had experience building and maintaining a variety of sites, from small blogs with a few posts a week, to large community sites with hundreds of posts and user accounts created per day, I figured I would try to share some of my experiences and what worked and what didn't. I hope to talk about the importance of keeping your site's user experience (UX) first, while still fighting off spammers, and then speaking about particular use cases and solutions.

Disabling Autocomplete on forms in Drupal 6 or 7 - Forms API

With the awesome new #states implementation in Drupal 7, and for form usability in general, it's often good to be able to selectively, or completely, disable form autocompletion for your users. One example I just encountered was a form that has two fields that are alternatively shown or hidden depending on the value of a checkbox earlier in the form. However, Google Chrome, in its infinite wisdom, was autofilling the hidden field, which shouldn't have a value if hidden, so I had to set the input's 'autocomplete' value to 'off.'

For simple textfields, here's how you could do that in a hook_form_alter() (in this example, I was disabling autocomplete on the user registration form's email field):

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// Disable autocomplete on the 'mail' field.
$form['account']['mail']['#attributes']['autocomplete'] = 'off';

Moving Scheduler Module's 'Scheduling Options' Out of the Vertical Tabs in D7

...or, "Always Check Your Module Weights when form_alter'ing"

Scheduling options from Scheduler module

I spent about half an hour today trying to use hook_form_alter() to move the 'Scheduling options' fieldset (provided by the Scheduler module) out of my node form's vertical tabs (down where URL path settings, comment settings, etc. are jumbled together).

I couldn't even see the 'scheduler_settings' form settings when I looked at the form's array, even though I knew it existed (since it was being displayed, and the scheduler.module defined it using its own hook_form_alter().