I figured that I’m not asking this question properly hence the lack of response, if one doesn’t ask for the information they need properly then it can be difficult for the responded to provide a detailed anser.
After an internal IM chat this afternoon, Charles (our head tech) helped me get my head around what the issue is (as you’ll have guessed I’m not a programmer lol, just a humble CSS guy) , I thought I’d share that chat with you - with Charles’ permission of course, actually it’s an edited version but I hope it gives you an idea of where we’re stuck at:
W:I been diggin lol, I’m probably talking ***** (replace for expletive of your choice) but I hope I been learning something....
tell me if this process of deduction sounds logical to you lol:
I found the name of the bit that spits out the order page, it’s looking for a function to do with sales_order, I went looking for that… am I heading in the right direction? ....
... I did read that post thoroughly tho, it seems to my untrained eye that one can just replace whatever their class or function is doing at the local directory level, it’s finding the class that’s doing the doing that’s the problem
C:magento\app\design\adminhtml\default\default\template\sales\order\view\form.phtml is the exact page that creates the order sales view
C:yea lol, even replacing the class doesnt help tell us to how to add data to a new object
C:i could replace the entire class easily, it’d still not be getting data though
W:so is it the bit that’s spitting out the data that’s the mystery?
W:ahhh… I see - it’s clearer in my head now
W:I’m gonna go post an edited copy of this in the forum (if that’s ok with you?) - it might help explain what the **** (sorry, you’ll need another expletive here ) we need in layman’s terms, I just think I’m not asking properly so.... answers aren’t easy to come by
C:hehe we might not be asking correctly ....
...... honestly i think they dont mind helping people extend it
W:So.... we just want to know where the core out puts the data so we can grab it in a friendly way from within our “custom” local module?