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08752Feature requests[All Projects] Expression Managerpublic2015-01-02 19:37
Assigned ToDenisChenu 
StatusclosedResolutionno change required 
Product Version2.05+ 
Target Version2.05+Fixed in Version2.05+ 
Summary08752: Expression manager date() function does not work in email templates
DescriptionThe expression manager date() function works in questions but not in email templates.
Steps To ReproduceInsert the following expression in a question and in an email template:

{date("l jS \of F Y h:i:s A")}

See the invitation email in the attached survey.
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Attached Files

related to 06624closedDenisChenu Development  Show logic file should check email templates as well 
related to 09424assignedLouisGac Bug reports Expression Manager in mail sending use "Actual response" 



c_schmitz (administrator)

Nobody said this would work in invitations. EM is used in the context of a survey runtime where the invitation is not - so it is more like a missing feature.


tpartner (developer)

Okay, but it seems a bit odd that we can use EM variables but not functions.

For example, this works in email templates:



c_schmitz (administrator)

I agree that's weird ?


DenisChenu (developer)

Last edited: 2014-02-24 16:52

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Something i don't understand , we use templatereplace in Email ?

Because we use LimeExpressionManager::ProcessString in templatereplace, i allways think processtring allow EM function.

Maybe more the $bStaticReplacement param of templatereplace ?

EDIT : we use Replacefields and not templatereplace, then : can not use EM function.


mfaber (developer)

Weird indeed. In the manual ( it says:
Starting in Version 1.92, you can use Expression Manager to use expressions for tailoring an email. Please have a look at the Expression Manager HowTos for an example.

On another page ( it says:

"All functions supported by the Expression Manager can be used, as well as token attributes if the survey uses tokens.

In case of a notification or confirmation template it is also possible to use question codes used in the survey."

I am not sure if the latter pertains to attachments (the manual is not really clear to me...)


DenisChenu (developer)

And {join(ATTRIBUTE_1,ATTRIBUTE_14)} work good.
(Replacefields use LimeExpressionManager::ProcessString)

Maybe something with date format ?


mfaber (developer)

{date("l jS \of F Y h:i:s A")} is a weird one but works well in php and nearly so in I don't think that's the problem....


DenisChenu (developer)

Last edited: 2014-12-26 17:22

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All seems strange ....

Invite - remind
{InvalidQuestion.shown} : broke
{Question.shown} : empty string

{InvalidQuestion.shown} : broke
{Question.shown} : OK

Think the best is to review all system ....

I think we must review all email REPLACE system

PS: date need $_SESSION['s_lang'], no ?
PS2: LimeExpressionManager::ProcessString don't use "SURVEY" system.


DenisChenu (developer)

Seems OK now, @Tony : can you test with the last version ?


tpartner (developer)

@Denis: Yep, works great. Thanks Denis.

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-Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2014-02-23 15:42 tpartner New Issue
2014-02-23 15:42 tpartner File Added: limesurvey_survey_815172.lss
2014-02-24 14:41 c_schmitz Assigned To => c_schmitz
2014-02-24 14:41 c_schmitz Status new => assigned
2014-02-24 14:44 c_schmitz Note Added: 28885
2014-02-24 14:44 c_schmitz Assigned To c_schmitz =>
2014-02-24 14:44 c_schmitz Status assigned => new
2014-02-24 14:45 c_schmitz Project Bug reports => Feature requests
2014-02-24 14:59 tpartner Note Added: 28889
2014-02-24 15:02 c_schmitz Note Added: 28890
2014-02-24 16:45 DenisChenu Note Added: 28896
2014-02-24 16:45 DenisChenu Severity @50@ => feature
2014-02-24 16:52 DenisChenu Note Edited: 28896 View Revisions
2014-02-24 17:23 DenisChenu Relationship added related to 06624
2014-02-24 17:34 mfaber Note Added: 28898
2014-02-24 18:31 DenisChenu Note Added: 28899
2014-02-24 20:50 mfaber Note Added: 28900
2014-12-26 17:17 DenisChenu Note Added: 31349
2014-12-26 17:17 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 17:19 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 17:20 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 17:20 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 17:21 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 17:22 DenisChenu Note Edited: 31349 View Revisions
2014-12-26 19:16 DenisChenu Relationship added related to 09424
2014-12-28 18:30 DenisChenu Note Added: 31359
2014-12-28 18:30 DenisChenu Assigned To => tpartner
2014-12-28 18:30 DenisChenu Status new => feedback
2015-01-02 19:23 tpartner Note Added: 31410
2015-01-02 19:23 tpartner Status feedback => assigned
2015-01-02 19:24 tpartner Assigned To tpartner => DenisChenu
2015-01-02 19:37 DenisChenu Status assigned => closed
2015-01-02 19:37 DenisChenu Resolution open => no change required
2015-01-02 19:37 DenisChenu Fixed in Version => 2.05+
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