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A Field Type is the smallest possible entity of storage. It determines how a specific type of information should be validated, stored, retrieved, formatted and so on. eZ Platform comes with a collection of fundamental types that can be used to build powerful and complex content structures. In addition, it is possible to extend the system by creating custom Field Types for special needs. Custom Field Types have to be programmed in PHP. However, the built-in Field Types are usually sufficient enough for typical scenarios. The following table gives an overview of the supported Field Types that come with eZ Platform.
*Legacy Search/Storage Engine index is limited to 255 characters in database design, so formatted or unformatted text blocks will only index first part, and in case of multiple selection field types like keyword, selection, country and so on only the first choices, and only as a text blob separated by string separator. Proper indexing of these field types are done with Solr Search Bundle.
Validates and stores multiple lines of formatted text using xml format.
Partial (Raw xml editing)
No (has been superseded by RichText)
Known missing Field Types
The following Field Types are configured using Null Field Type to avoid exceptions if they exists in your database, but their functionality is currently not known to be implemented out of the box or by the community:
Some Shop FieldTypes are not supported by Public APIBacklogEZP-20115
eZ Identifier FieldType not supported by Public APIBacklogEZP-20118
eZ Password Expiry FieldType not supported by Public APIBacklogMissing something? For field types provided by community, like for instance ezselection2, unless otherwise mentioned it can be considered missing for the time being. If something should be listed here, add a comment.
Generate new Field Type
Besides links in the top of this topic in regards to creating own field type, from partner Smile there is now a Field Type Generator Bundle helping you get started creating skeleton for eZ Platform field type, including templates for editorial interface.