Description

Invokes a custom tag for use in ColdFusion application pages. This tag processes custom tag name conflicts.

Category

Syntax

<cfmodule 
attributeCollection = "collection structure" 
attribute_name1 = "valuea" 
attribute_name2 = "valueb" 
name = "tag name" 
template = "path" 
...>

See also

cfapplicationcfassociatecflockCreating and Using Custom CFML Tags in the Developing ColdFusion Applications

History

ColdFusion MX: Changed behavior when using this tag within a custom tag: if the attribute_name parameter is the same as a key element within the attributeCollection parameter, ColdFusion now uses the name value that is within the attributeCollection parameter. (Earlier releases did not process this consistently.)

Attributes

Attribute Req/Opt Default Description

attributeCollection

Optional

 

Structure. A collection of key-value pairs that represent attribute names and values. You can specify multiple key-value pairs. You can specify this attribute only once.

Note: This attribute functions differently from the attributeCollection attribute that is supported by most other tags. You must specify the name and template attributes as direct cfmodule tag attributes, not in the attributeCollection structure.

attribute_name

Optional

 

Attribute for a custom tag. You can include multiple instances of this attribute to specify the parameters of a custom tag.

name

Required unless {{template}} attribute is used

  A custom tag name, in the form "Name.Name.Name..." Identifies a subdirectory, under the CFML tag root directory, which contains custom tag page.

Mutually exclusive with the template attribute. A custom tag name, in the form "Name.Name.Name..." Identifies subdirectory, under the ColdFusion tag root directory, that contains custom tag page, for example (Windows format): <cfmodule name = ".Forums40. GetUserOptions"> This identifies the page GetUserOptions.cfm in the directory CustomTags
Forums40 under the ColdFusion root directory.|

template |
Required unless name attribute is used|

Mutually exclusive with the name attribute. A path to the page that implements the tag.

  • Relative path: expanded from the current page.
  • Absolute path: expanded by using ColdFusion mapping.
    A physical path is not valid. |

Usage

To name a ColdFusion page that contains the custom tag definition, including its path, use the template attribute. To refer to the custom tag in the ColdFusion installation directory, using dot notation to indicate its location, use the name attribute. On UNIX systems, ColdFusion searches first for a file with a name that matches the name attribute, but is all lower case. If it does not find the file, it looks for a file name that matches the attribute with identical character casing.
You can use the attributeCollection attribute and explicit custom tag attributes in the same call. Within the custom tag code, the attributes passed with attributeCollection are saved as independent attribute values, with no indication that they are grouped into a structure by the custom tag's caller.Similarly, if the custom tag uses a cfassociate tag to save its attributes, the attributes passed with attributeCollection are saved as independent attribute values, with no indication that they are grouped into a structure by the custom tag's caller.
If you specify an end tag to cfmodule, ColdFusion calls your custom tag as if it had both a start and an end tag. For more information, see Handling end tags in Executing custom tags in the Developing ColdFusion Applications.

Example

<h3>cfmodule Example</h3> 
<p>This view-only example shows use of cfmodule to call a custom tag inline.</p> 
<p>This example uses a sample custom tag that is saved in myTag.cfm in the snippets directory. 
You can also save ColdFusion custom tags in the CFusionMX7\CustomTags directory.</p> 
<cfset attrCollection1 = StructNew()> 
<cfparam name="attrCollection1.value1" default="22"> 
<cfparam name="attrCollection1.value2" default="45"> 
<cfparam name="attrcollection1.value3" default="88"> 
<!--- Call the tag with CFMODULE with Name---> 
<cfmodule 
Template="myTag.cfm" 
X="3" 
attributeCollection=#attrCollection1# 
Y="4"> 
<!--- Show the code. ---> 
<HR size="2" color="#0000A0"> 
<P>Here is one way in which to invoke the custom tag, using the TEMPLATE attribute.</P> 
<cfoutput>#HTMLCodeFormat(" <CFMODULE 
Template=""myTag.cfm"" 
X=3 
attributeCollection=##attrCollection1## 
Y=4>")# 
</cfoutput> 
<p>The result: <cfoutput>#result#</cfoutput></p> 
<!--- Call the tag with CFMODULE with Name.---> 
<!--- 
<CFMODULE 
Name="myTag" 
X="3" 
attributeCollection=#attrCollection1# 
Y="4"> 
---> 
<!--- Show the code. ---> 
<HR size="2" color="#0000A0"> 
<p>Here is another way to invoke the custom tag, using the NAME attribute.</p> 
<cfoutput>#HTMLCodeFormat(" <CFMODULE 
NAME='myTag' 
X=3 
attributeCollection=##attrCollection1## 
Y=4>")# 
</cfoutput> 
<P>The result: <cfoutput>#result#</cfoutput></p> 
<!--- Call the tag using the shortcut notation. ---> 
<!--- 
<CF_myTag 
X="3" 
attributeCollection=#attrCollection1# 
Y="4"> 
---> 

<!--- Show the code. ---> 
<p>Here is the short cut to invoking the same tag.</p> 
<cfoutput>#HTMLCodeFormat( "<cf_mytag 
x = 3 
attributeCollection = ##attrcollection1## 
y = 4>")# 
</cfoutput> 
<p>The result: <cfoutput>#result#</cfoutput></p>

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