is this possible? I need to dynamically assign a variable used in a templates Model class. This variable will be generated via a CMS page. Below is the template and block in question. How can I pass a dynamically assigned variable to it's model?

<reference name="content">
        <block type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav" before="-" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml" ></block>

If possible i'd like to assign a variable to this via the block and pass it to the model using session variables (if I cant access this variable from the block outright).

This is the location of the block i'd like to access this variable:


Of course, I will extend this later as it is core atm.


You can always set a variable on a block like that:

<reference name="content">
    <block type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav" before="-" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml">
        <action method="setMyVar">

This will set the variable my_var with the value myvalue in the specified block. You will be able to get the value of this variable via $this->getMyVar(). Note that this will only work after the loadLayout() method of the respective Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action has been called.

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  • How do I call it? Will I be able to get this data from within the block and then pass it to the model for use? – easymoden00b Mar 2 '15 at 19:32
  • You "call it" via layout XML as shown above. You should be able to use it in the block, at least after calling $this->loadLayout(). – Simon Mar 2 '15 at 19:35
  • okay, how do I manipulate this assigned variable within the block itself? I tried to log this: Mage::log($this->getData('MyVar')); however it doesn't show anything within the log. – easymoden00b Mar 2 '15 at 19:38
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    @easymoden00b see my edited answer – Simon Mar 2 '15 at 20:20
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    If the model is used before the call of loadLayout(), yes. – Simon Mar 2 '15 at 20:48

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