I found myself using a bit of code to display a searchable history of a given SObject, for a couple of different SObjects so I thought it sensible to create a component, that could be told the SObject type as a parameter and work for any SObject.

When I got going on the component's VisualForce, I can't save. There's an error:

Syntax Error: found '$ObjectType'.

I think this is strange because the SFDC docs example of $ObjectType is building an apex:component. https://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/pages/Content/pages_dynamic_vf_globals_objecttype.htm

So maybe I'm misinterpreting the error, or some issue elsewhere in the page is causing SFDC to say this. So I copy the whole thing over to an apex page, where it compiles perfectly. Perplexed, I cut my page right down, and discover that this doesn't save:

<apex:component >
    <apex:outputText value="{!$ObjectType['Account'].fields['Name'].Label}"/>

Still has the error: "Syntax Error: Found '$ObjectType'".

What gives? Why can't I use $ObjectType in a component? I can't find any reference to this anywhere.


From a quick check, this looks more likely to be an API version problem; I can save this in a component set to use Salesforce.com API version 20.0 (or greater) but not in one set to use Salesforce.com API version 19.0 (or less).

Check the version setting for your component.

  • Hi Keith. I just wrote it, so I'd expect it to be v30.0 like my eclipse. But I can't see a "version" flag in the -meta.xml. How do I find / define the version?
    – Dominic
    Aug 3 '14 at 18:18
  • They were set to API version 15, so I used SFDC UI to change them to 30.0 but they still won't save. I wondered if something in eclipse is trying to force them to be 15.0, so I've saved the component directly into the SFDC UI and it saves fine. I guess that a) the API version was the problem b) I need to ask a new question about why my eclipse is saving the component as v15.0
    – Dominic
    Aug 3 '14 at 18:33

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