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The Objective Forms module contains a series of functions and classes that allow Drupal forms to be treated as Fedora objects. It provides back-end support to XML Forms so that Drupal's built-in form functions and classes can be used when filling out metadata.




Objective Forms is part of the Islandora Forms package, downloadable at the page


This module allows for the creation of Object Based Drupal Forms. It provides a number of functions and class for processing/populating forms.

Some important notes:

  • Each form element is assigned a unique hash Form Property to identify it, as #hash.
  • Each form element that is created and stored in a registry, and it will persist though out the lifetime of the form even if it's removed from the form. Ancestry of Form Elements is stored, so if a Form Element is cloned we will be able to determine the Form Element that is was cloned from.
  • Form Properties can be objects. To define new Form Properties, implement the hook objectify_properties.
  • Forms will be auto-populated from $form_states[‘values’].
  • There is a FormStorage class that can be used to store any persistent data.


The Objective Forms module requires no configuration, and functions as soon as it is activated and installed as a Drupal module.

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