I have a question about DWT in Tridion 2013.

I have a component with field (RTF) "Description". In Tridion 2009 I wrote @@Component.Description@@ and I got a content from this field. But when I try to use such expression in Tridion 2013 I get Description from Schema of current component.

Can somebody explain what was changed between versions?

I know that I can get right content from my field using this expression:



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@@Component.Description@@ is a shortcut which in 2009 mapped to the only available Description field, which was your text field.

In 2013 (possibly already in 2011) they introduced a bit more content in the SDL Tridion Template Expression Language via the Dreamweaver Mediator. One of those were the description fields of a Schema. Hence that now @@Component.Description@@ will map to the @@Component.Schema.Description@@ field.

In my trainings I always advised against using the shortcuts, since it was up to the logic of the mediator to determine which field you would get (and even way back on R5.3 I told people that this would possibly change in the future, and it seems I was right about that). So when you need a field from a Component, you are always advised to get it via the Component.Fields collection.

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    I also did quite some work using the expression evaluator when I worked on the DGX, and can confirm that indeed it will resolve a field much faster the more qualified that field is - Component.Fields.FieldName will resolve faster than Component.FieldName. Not very different from XPath's //fieldname vs /element/fieldname
    – Nuno Linhares
    May 18, 2015 at 11:42
  • Okay, I got it. Thanks a lot Bart and Nuno ) May 19, 2015 at 10:05

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