[drupal-devel] New themeable function for buttons?

neil at civicspacelabs.org neil at civicspacelabs.org
Wed Jul 6 23:31:05 UTC 2005

The theme_confirm() function contains the following code:

$output .= '<div class="container-inline">';
$output .= form_submit($yes ? $yes : t('Confirm'));
$output .= l($no ? $no : t('Cancel'), $path);
$output .= "</div>\n";

The use of HTML links, such as 'Cancel,' along side form_submit() will
be more common in the future. I am planning on changing all the Delete
buttons, which should go to a confirmation page, to links. I don't think
that this has been fully documented, but I think it is an accepted de
facto standard now. The main rule of thumb is that links should never
change anything.

I think a themeable button wrapper function is needed. The above code
could be:

$buttons = array();
$buttons[] = form_submit($yes ? $yes : t('Confirm'));
$buttons[] = l($no ? $no : t('Cancel'), $path);
$output .= theme('buttons', $buttons);

theme_buttons($buttons = array()) {
  return '<div class="container-inline">'. implode('', $buttons) .'</div>';

I have two specific questions for the list:

1. Does this look like a good idea? Does anything need to be changed for
   better themeability?

2. Does this interfere with any other possible changes to form output?


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