In a page block table based on a condition, I want to render some values as hyperlink and other as plain text. I am able to achieve the above requirement as below:

  <apex:column headerValue="Account Name">
                <apex:outputText rendered="{!IF(a.AccessLevel__c != 'Full',true,false)}" value="{!a.Name}"></apex:outputText>
                <apex:outputLink rendered="{!IF(a.AccessLevel__c == 'Full',true,false)}" value="/{!a.id}">{!a.Name}</apex:outputLink>

I want to know is there a better way of doing it from VF page without changing the logic in class

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    I think it is good. I also used the same piece of code earlier when it required. If you want to do with another approach then apply the CSS conditionally. In this use only <apex:outputLink ../> and apply css of hyperlink when it will treat as link otherwise css of plain text. – Anurag Bhardwaj Jul 18 '16 at 11:35
  • @AnuragBhardwaj Disadvantage with CSS is that it still gets rendered to the page and a savvy user might be able to dig it out. I believe using the rendered attribute does not leave that possibility open. – Adrian Larson Jul 18 '16 at 13:51

Your markup is fine.

Your merge logic, however, violates a basic axiom of Boolean logic:

You can always replace IF(condition, true, false) with simply condition.

In your case, it should be:

<apex:outputText rendered="{!a.AccessLevel__c != 'Full'}" ...>
<apex:outputLink rendered="{!a.AccessLevel__c == 'Full'}" ...>

Another minor cleanup is that you can build the link itself more programmatically.

Instead of:

<apex:outputLink ... value="/{!a.id}">

it is arguably cleaner to use:

<apex:outputLink ... value="{!URLFOR($Action.Account.View, a.id)}">
  • value="{!URLFOR($Action.Account.View, a.id)}" is not working (Nothing displaying) – C0DEPirate Jul 19 '16 at 7:59
  • Hmm if it doesn't yield anything, just stick with what you've got then. It's worth trying when building links though. – Adrian Larson Jul 19 '16 at 11:53

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