Having trouble with a custom field. It's a plain text field, called special_note.

<?php $specnote = $_product->getResource()->getAttribute('special_note');
  if ($specnote) {
    echo "<div id='specialnote'>".$specnote->getFrontend()->getValue($_product)."</div>";

The specialnote div is always showing up, even when there's data. I've tried variations like if (!empty($specnote)) and if (!isnull($specnote)) to no avail.

How do I make is so that the div only shows up when it's been populated?

Additional info: this is in the file /app/design/frontend/mytheme/theme/template/catalog/product/view.phtml

Field is set up in magento as a 'text field' - and the settings "Visible on Product View Page on Front-end" and "Used in Product Listing" are both set to yes.

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    Isn't this a liitle overhead? Why don't you use $_product->getSpecialNote()? – Thorsten May 23 '14 at 6:59
  • It weirdly returns a blank space. like if I do <?php echo "<div>".$_product->getSpecialNote()."</div>" ?> - I get <div> </div> as a result. – SamC May 23 '14 at 13:50
  • getSpecialNote was completely not returning anything for a while - reindex, then clear cache (the full cache storage), in that order. – SamC May 23 '14 at 14:46
$specnote = $_product->getResource()->getAttribute('special_note');

Does not return the result you are expecting.
That code, returns an instance of the product attribute special_note If the attribute exists or an empty instance of a product attribute if the attribute does not exist. So if you use the result in an if statement it will always evaluate to true.
Try using this code:

<?php $specnote = trim($_product->getSpecialNote());?>
  if ($specnote) {
    echo "<div id='specialnote'>".$specnote."</div>";
  • Ah. That info makes a lot of sense. However, your code returns a blank space, literally <div id='specialnote'> </div>. Some I'm wondering if I did something else incorrectly. – SamC May 23 '14 at 14:00
  • As I noted above, if I do <?php echo "<div>".$_product->getSpecialNote()."</div>" ?> - I get <div> </div> - so getSpecialNote doesn't work at all, and I have no idea why that is. – SamC May 23 '14 at 14:06
  • @SamC. I changed something. Try now. I added a trim – Marius May 23 '14 at 14:07
  • Still nothing. I'm certain the field is set up right (added notes to my original Q about the config). Should I not have used the word 'special' or something? – SamC May 23 '14 at 14:22
  • OH, scratch that. Must remember to dump caches between major edits. Also, minor typo - remove the ?> at the end of the the first line. – SamC May 23 '14 at 14:45

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