I want to add "children" to a given layout (custom-) block.

In my layout-xml:

<block type="core/text_list" name="custom_html_blocks_body_end" as="custom_html_blocks_body_end">
    <block type="page/html" name="custom_svg_icons" as="custom_svg-icons" template="my_templates/custom_svg-icons.phtml" />

The block i want to add childs programmatically is custom_svg_icons.

In custom_svg-icons.phtml:

<?php $this->getChildHtml(); ?>

And in my script to set the children:

$objSVG = $this->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html')->setTemplate('my_templates/svg_image.phtml')->setData(array('imageName'=>'svg-image-demo'));
$objSVGBlock = $this->getLayout()->getBlock('custom_svg-icons')->append($objSVG);

I get no Error, but nothing happens. There is no child.

  • Does your custom_svg-icons.phtml file called? – Akhilesh Patel Oct 11 '15 at 14:35
  • Yes. In this file is pure HTML too and rendered correctly to Output. – SFrey Oct 11 '15 at 15:12
  • You should do echo $this->getChildHtml() I think? – Milan Simek Oct 13 '15 at 3:17
  • I have tried with getChild() and getChildHtml() – SFrey Oct 13 '15 at 6:12

Not sure if that work but try

$objSVG = $this->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html')->setTemplate('my_templates/svg_image.phtml')->setData(array('imageName'=>'svg-image-demo'));

$objSVGBlock = $this->getLayout()->getBlock('custom_svg-icons');


Or might be you will need to call toHtml after set the child.

  • Thanks for the tip. But this not work. I can print the objSVG with ->toHtml directly... But not als Child from custom_svg-icons – SFrey Oct 11 '15 at 18:51

getBlock() needs the block name as a parameter, and that's custom_svg_icons in your case, not custom_svg-icons

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