we are investigating some checks in our transactional emails or newsletters and looking at http://merch.docs.magento.com/ce/user_guide/store-operations/email-transactional.html

where we find the code below.

My question: can we use this DEPEND or IF to check the existence or emptiness of a variable? Something like

{{if customer.getFirstname()}} 
  {{var customer.firstname}} 
  {{var customer.name}} 

Example from link

Depend Condition

{{depend order.getIsNotVirtual()}}


{{depend salable}}


- If Condition

{{if order.getIsNotVirtual()}}



(else is optional)

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This is exactly the purpose of {{depend}} and {{if}}. The only difference between them is that {{if}} supports an {{else}} statement.
{{depend}} is just as an {{if}} without an {{else}}.
To see how they work refer to Varien_Filter_Template::dependDirective() and Varien_Filter_Template::ifDirective().

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    and if I want to compare with a string like {{order.getStatus() == 'pending_payment'}} ? Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 19:49
  • @DiegoQueiroz Did you find your answer?
    – snh_nl
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 15:40
  • @snh_nl Yes! I Found! Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 16:00
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    Can you share the link?
    – snh_nl
    Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 17:38
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    To the people asking the link from Diego, it's not possible to use ==. Here you can find an alternative and more information -> magento.stackexchange.com/questions/161041/…
    – Sanne
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 12:51

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