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How can I use zend-form view helpers?

If you've selected zend-view as your preferred template renderer, you'll likely want to use the various view helpers available in other components, such as:

  • zend-form
  • zend-i18n
  • zend-navigation

By default, only the view helpers directly available in zend-view are available; how can you add the others?

ConfigProvider

When you install zend-form, Composer should prompt you if you want to inject one or more ConfigProvider classes, including those from zend-hydrator, zend-inputfilter, and several others. Always answer "yes" to these; when you do, a Composer plugin will add entries for their ConfigProvider classes to your config/config.php file.

If for some reason you are not prompted, or chose "no" when answering the prompts, you can add them manually. Add the following entries in the array used to create your ConfigAggregator instance within config/config.php:

    \Zend\Form\ConfigProvider::class,
    \Zend\InputFilter\ConfigProvider::class,
    \Zend\Filter\ConfigProvider::class,
    \Zend\Validator\ConfigProvider::class,
    \Zend\Hydrator\ConfigProvider::class,

If you installed Expressive via the skeleton, the service Zend\View\HelperPluginManager is registered for you, and represents the helper plugin manager injected into the PhpRenderer instance. This instance gets its helper configuration from the view_helpers top-level configuration key — which the zend-form ConfigProvider helps to populate!

At this point, all view helpers provided by zend-form are registered and ready to use.

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