Checking Plone REQUEST for Ajax’d requests (XMLHttpRequest)

Recently, I’ve needed a PloneFormGen (PFG) form of mine to have certain fields excluded when the form is displayed in one of Plone 4’s fancy popups.  At the same time, I need this field to still persist within the ‘standard’ view of the form.  It’s the request object to the rescue, and all I’ve had to do is insert this TALES expression against the Enabling Expression for my PFG field:

python:request.environ.get('HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITH') != 'XMLHttpRequest'

and the end result is that unless the request is one of XMLHttpRequest, then we’ll show the field.

Shouldn’t be any reason this same TALES couldn’t be applied in a page template against XHTML, or elsewhere.

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