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Placeholder support for fields #450

bdot opened this issue Jun 14, 2017 · 4 comments

Placeholder support for fields #450

bdot opened this issue Jun 14, 2017 · 4 comments


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@bdot bdot commented Jun 14, 2017

- Do you want to request a feature or report a bug?

This is a feature request

- What is the current behavior?
Currently placeholders are not supported at field level. That is we can have a slug something like below at collection level but it doesn't work if used at field level.

slug: "{{year}}-{{month}}-{{day}}-{{slug}}"

- What is the expected behavior?
For example having a Field definition:

- {label: "Slug", name: "slug", widget: "hidden", default: "{{slug}}"}

Should produce an entry in the actual document body
Expected outcome in the body for an article titled "Netlify CMS is awesome" should be

slug: netlify-cms-is-awesome

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@erquhart erquhart commented Jun 28, 2017

The slug placeholder is very specific to slugs - maybe we should consider just putting slugs in the frontmatter? Not certain if that would negatively affect various build tools.

The ability to edit slugs is covered under #445.


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@dardub dardub commented Oct 4, 2017

In Gatsby it's very common pattern to use the slug in the frontmatter. Right now I think we have to create the slug independently to use in Gatsby.

So adding the slug to frontmatter in some way would help Gatsby integration at the very least.


I think in the use-case for gatsby. Allowing the use of template placeholders would be helpful.

So for a news collection I may want a field with the path 'news/{{slug}}'.
But for a gallery collection I may want the path 'gallery/{{slug}}'.

@erquhart erquhart added kind: feature and removed improvement labels Dec 8, 2017

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@anarchivist anarchivist commented Jan 6, 2018

Slugs in frontmatter is also common for Jekyll; see for more details.


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