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This function checks if an element has element data available under a certain key.


bool hasElementData ( element theElement, string key [, bool inherit = true] )

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Method: element:hasData(...)

Required Arguments

  • theElement: This is the element with data you want to check.
  • key: The name of the element data entry you want to check for. (Maximum 31 characters.)

Optional Arguments

  • inherit: - toggles whether or not the function should go up the hierarchy to find the requested key in case the specified element doesn't have it.


This function returns true if the element contains element data for key, or false if the element doesn't exist or there is no data associated with the key.


This example outputs a player's favorite animal using a console function 'favoriteAnimal' if they have one set.

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function favoriteAnimal ( source, commandName, playerName )
    local thePlayer = source
	if playerName then -- see if a player was specified
        thePlayer = getPlayerFromName (playerName) -- get the player element for the specified player
        if not thePlayer then -- if we still couldn't find a player with the specified name...
            outputChatBox ( "Couldn't find '" .. playerName .. "'", source ) -- display an error

    if hasElementData ( thePlayer, "favoriteAnimal" ) then -- check if the player has a favorite animal set
        local favoriteAnimal = getElementData ( thePlayer, "favoriteAnimal" ) -- get the player's favorite animal
        outputChatBox ( getPlayerName ( thePlayer ).."'s favorite animal is: "..favoriteAnimal, source ) -- output the player's favorite animal
        outputChatBox ( getPlayerName ( thePlayer ).." does not have a favorite animal!", source ) -- output the player's lack of a favorite animal
-- Add a console command joinTime, that takes an optional parameter of a player's name
addCommandHandler ( "favoriteAnimal", favoriteAnimal )


Minimum supported server 1.5.7-9.20447
Minimum supported client 1.5.7-9.20447

Note: Using this function requires the resource to have the above minimum version declared in the meta.xml <min_mta_version> section. e.g. <min_mta_version server="1.5.7-9.20447" client="1.5.7-9.20447" />

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