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Setting/Getting Hidden/Custom data

joelataylorjoelataylor Member
in Help edited October 2009
Hmmm, am I missing something here? Here's my form code:
	<input type="hidden" name="h:size" value="<?php echo $product->ship_size;?>" />

Yet when I checkout, and look at the fc_json object, my options object is empty.

  • Do you happen to have the code in use on a live product page I could look at? (If you don't mind. :)
  • brettbrett FoxyCart Team
    Are you looking in the right place? I'm seeing it:

    The h: is cart-wide, not product specific, so it won't show up as a product option, but rather as a session "custom_field". Is that the issue?
  • We would probably like to have the option to attach hidden fields to products, have bumped up against this already too. :-)
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    You can hide product options in the cart via CSS, but it would still show up in the receipt email unless you built your own custom receipts.
  • Perfect! We are sending our own receipts already, didn't even think about hiding it on the order page.

  • brettbrett FoxyCart Team
    We'd love to hear where hidden product attributes would be handy. It _sounds_ like a good idea to me, but I can't think of any good example at this point in the evening.
  • We wanted to attach a custom field that basically meant "this product is an e-course" and the value would be the internal id# required to set it up. Then if this field exists we know what type of product it is and to process it accordingly.

    So what I have done now is just use the product code and if we find that code = an internal id, then we treat it as such. But I would like to have a decoupling of the product code to this code.. on the other hand I don't want people to see it.. but If it's as easy as using CSS to hide it, that's good enough!

    We also pass a custom field to give our backend the real product cost, for when staff purchase on behalf of offline payments received (at all different discount rates) and we put a $0 transaction through the cart/feed. Anyway doesn't matter that this is visible because it's staff, but now I know the CSS trick I'll hide that too. :-)

  • Hey Brett, ahh, I didn't realize hidden properties weren't product specific.
    I don't think it's THAT important to hide this variable (it's a Shipping Size: medium - kind of thing). Good to know I can make it happen if I really need to go down that road though.

    So based on other people's posts in here regarding custom shipping costs, I created my own JS for shipping and I'd like to post it somewhere to help someone else. Where should I post it? :)
  • brettbrett FoxyCart Team
    We ourselves use a code for store subscriptions that corresponds to a value in our database. I suppose we could hide that from the customer as well. Certainly an interesting idea.

    @joeltaylor: As far as custom shipping stuff goes, perhaps start a new thread, then link to it from this page:
    That'd likely be the best, as it's then available on the wiki and forum. Thanks for sharing!
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