Forum: Ruby on Rails validating when form labels don't match table fields

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Mike (Guest)
on 2007-01-09 04:59
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(I posted this topic last night, but it never showed up.)

I have a model where the attribute names don't match exactly what I'd
like to use for labels for the input s on my view.  For example, my
model order has an attribute "ordered_by_first_name" and I'd like the
label on the view to be "Your first name".  Fine.  Except that if I use
really nice validation helpers I can't fully override the error
message.  I can use :message but it always sticks in the model
attribute name.  This will cause some confusion and I was hoping to
make things a little more user friendly on the view.

My order model has other attributes that refer to people's names in
them (no, I'm not entirely normalized).

I guess it goes without saying that I was hoping to use
error_messages_for in the view.

Anyone have any suggestions for when the model names don't match what
you'd want to present to a user?

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