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Method to load the form description from a file or string.

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load($data, $file=true, $reset=true)
Parameter Name Default Value Description
$data $data The name of an XML file or an XML string.
$file true $file Flag to toggle whether the $data is a file path or a string.
$reset true $reset Flag to toggle whether the form description should be reset.


boolean True on success, false otherwise.

Defined in



jimport( 'joomla.form.form' );

Source Body

public function load($data, $file = true, $reset = true)
        $return = false;
        // Make sure we have data.
        if (!empty($data)) {
                // If the data is a file, load the XML from the file.
                if ($file) {
                        // If we were not given the absolute path of a form file, attempt to find one.
                        if (!is_file($data)) {
                                $data = JPath::find(self::addFormPath(), strtolower($data).'.xml');
                                if (!$data) {
                                        return false;
                        // Attempt to load the XML file.
                        $xml = JFactory::getXML($data);
                // Load the data as a string.
                else {
                        $xml = JFactory::getXML($data, false);
                // Make sure the XML was loaded.
                if ($xml) {
                        // Check if any groups exist.
                        if (isset($xml->fields)) {
                                // Load the form groups.
                                foreach ($xml->fields as $group) {
                                        $this->loadFieldsXML($group, $reset);
                                        $return = true;
                        // Check if a name is set.
                        if ((string)$xml->attributes()->name && $reset) {
        return $return;

[Edit See Also] SeeAlso:JForm/load


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