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JDocumentRenderer is an abstract class which provides a number of methods and properties to assist in rendering a particular document type. Not all document types implement renderers in this way. Some of the methods listed will be overridden by the child class so you should check the child class documentation for further information.

Defined in



Method name Description
__construct Class constructor
render Renders a script and returns the results as a string
getContentType Return the content type of the renderer


jimport( 'joomla.document.renderer' );


Code Examples

Adding support for new document renderers

New renderer types are added by creating a new file in the renderer directory under the document type directory with the same name as the renderer. For example, to add a document renderer type called "myrenderer" for document type "mytype", you would create the file /libraries/joomla/document/mytype/renderer/myrenderer.php. This file will contain the class definition for JDocumentRendererMytype which extends JDocumentRenderer. Look at the code for existing document renderers to see what needs to be done.

Chris Davenport 12:39, 17 April 2011 (CDT) Edit comment