I'd like to send a formatted HTML email from a custom component. I thought I would be able to create a tmpl file somewhere like components/mycomponent/views/emailer/tmpl/default_email.php and then in the view (at components/mycomponent/views/emailer/view.email.php) I'd be able to render the default_email view with the data pulled from the model and then send it.

It appears the "normal" Joomla way is to do a sprintf with a language string to generate the email.

Is there no way to render the template file in the view prior to sending the email?

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Yes, there are several ways to render internally a page from a view.

Basically, you call the view and capture the output in a variable.

For instance, in FoF you can do it in this way:

    $output = ob_get_contents();

You can also call the Url with a cURL connection, but it is slower since you must open a new network connection to render the page.

  • @Anibal-- will this render the complete template including menu items etc? Or will it just render the single template item?
    – user101289
    Mar 9, 2016 at 16:08
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    Hi, this sample code renders only a component view. If you go for the alternative calling a page via an Url, you'll get the whole page.
    – Anibal
    Mar 9, 2016 at 16:33
  • @anibal- how do you specify the specific tmpl file to render? Could you please provide more detail on the specific usage in your answer?
    – user101289
    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:22
  • Joomla and Fof render tmpl/default.php. If you have other layouts, then you can specify parameters in $config.
    – Anibal
    Mar 11, 2016 at 18:11

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