setGlobalVariable() – Sets a global variable value.


require_once 'HTML/Template/Sigma.php';

void HTML_Template_Sigma::setGlobalVariable ( mixed $variable , string $value = '' )


Sets a global variable value. Global variables are "special": they do not get cleared after substitution and do not make blocks not empty if substituted.


mixed $variable

variable name or array ('varname'=>'value')

string $value

variable value if $variable is not an array


throws no exceptions thrown


This function can not be called statically.

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Last updated: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 — Download Documentation
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This is a really good function to know about as it solves a common conundrum.

Oftentimes in a list form you'll get a situation where you have something like (All follows in pseudocode/pseudohtml)

[-- BEGIN block --]
{item1} {item2} {currency}{price}
[-- END block --]

Now, you'd itterate that block by doing something like
foreach ($items as $item) {

Now if you do a setvariable to get the currency in the currency/total, it'll also mark a new block and you end up with an empty block line.

HOWEVER if you use the setGlobalVariable, it wont unempty the block, thus leaving the table as it should