I have this code

<apex:outputText value="{!item['text_1']}" />
<apex:outputText value="{!item['text_2']}" />

But item['text_1']} could be empty, if this is empty show text_2

I tried this code but I get a Syntax Error

<apex:outputText value='{!IF({!item["text_1"]} != "", {!item["text_1"]},{!item["text_2"]})}' />
  • FYI your questions will be much more useful to the community (and might even receive more votes) if you include the actual text of your error messages verbatim.
    – Adrian Larson
    Mar 10, 2017 at 19:40
  • Thats the actual error message ` Syntax Error` I use mavensmate with sublime text thats the error who shows me Mar 10, 2017 at 20:22

2 Answers 2


In this specific case, it would be marginally more efficient to use BLANKVALUE, just as you would with a formula:

<apex:outputText value="{!BLANKVALUE(item['text_1'],item['text_2'])}" />

A merge expression begins with {! and ends with }. You do not need to use the syntax recursively. Once you're in "expression mode", you stay there until you exit it with the closing curly brace.

  • Ah, nice use of BlankValue method, almost never had got chance to use it. Thanks +1
    – Raul
    Mar 10, 2017 at 19:42

You can use rendered property to display them conditionally:

<apex:outputText value="{!item['text_1']}" rendered="{NOT(ISBLANK(item['text_1']))}"/>
<apex:outputText value="{!item['text_2']}" rendered="{NOT(ISBLANK(item['text_2']))}"/>


Use IF condition along with blank check in value property, here is a correct syntax:

<apex:outputText value="{!IF(NOT(ISBLANK(item['text_1'])), 

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