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Data Types and Data Selection for Drupal 7

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We're keeping this page up as a courtesy to folks who may need to refer to old instructions. We don't plan to update this page.

Alternate resources

Rules guide (

Sprout Video

This tutorial presents data types and the data selection method for input in Rules. This is the most important difference between Rules 1 (D6) and Rules 2 (D7).

  • How to use data selection to explore available data and drill down to selected properties
  • Using the data comparison condition
  • Using the set a data value action
  • That Rules recognizes different types of data, and verifies when necessary
  • That Rules knows that not all data is writable, and verifies when necessary
  • How to create composite tokens, extending the tokens listed in the replacement patterns
  • Making field values accessible to Rules
  • Using reference fields to access new data, such as tags on an article or nodes in a node reference field

Additional resources

Rules guide (