Inside templates, all the Foil features are accessed via the
e.g. template variables are accessed like
$this->varName and template function like
Even if the word "this" is made by just 4 letters, being typed more and more times in a template requires a lot of typing.
For example, accessing a variable like
$variable is pretty shorter than
I am strongly convinced that benefits coming from Foil approach completely worth the additional 6 letters needed to access a variable.
However, starting from version 0.6, Foil provides a way to shorten its syntax.
Introducing Alias Variable
Alias variable is a global variable available in templates that aliases
E.g. using the variable
$T as alias, a template variable can be accessed using
as well as a template function using
The alias must be set, using the
'alias' option, when Foil Engine is instantiated:
$engine = Foil\engine([ 'folders' => ['path/to/templates'], 'alias' => 'T', ]);
the only constraint is that the alias must be a valid variable name. E.g. something like:
$engine = Foil\engine([ 'folders' => ['path/to/templates'], 'alias' => 'Foil', ]);
is totally fine, and allows to access Foil features in templates using