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HTML_QuickForm::exportValue() -- Returns the element's "safe" value


require_once 'HTML/QuickForm.php';

mixed HTML_QuickForm::exportValue (string $element)


This method first tries to find a cleaned-up submitted value, it will return a value set by setValue()/setDefaults()/setConstants() if submitted value does not exist for the given element.

The value that couldn't have possibly been submitted (e.g.: an option that is not present in <select> element's option list) is not considered valid and is not returned.

As the values returned by this method and by exportValues() are expected to be immediately processed and/or stored somewhere, values for file elements that obviously have special processing needs are not returned.


string $element

Name of the element

Return value

return element value


Table 47-1. Possible PEAR_Error values

Error codeError messageReasonSolution
QUICKFORM_NONEXIST_ELEMENTElement '$element' does not exist in HTML_QuickForm::exportValue()Tried to get a value of a non-existant elementCheck the element's name spelling


since 3.1

This function can not be called statically.

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