When we try to add a data-attribute to a field which refers to an image field, it displays an image tag instead of the image path/url. Screen shot below for your reference:

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Using SXA 1.9.

Thanks in Advance


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You could just use a Scriban object here instead of a field. Looking at your example, I can understand you have 2 images, Image and ThumbImage and I believe your goal is to have a Html element like that: <img src="URL_to_IMAGE" useful params data-progressive="URL_TO_THUMBIMAGE"/>

This can be done in a one-liner in Scriban:

{{ sc_field i_item 'Image' [['data-progressive', i_item.ThumbImage.media_url]] }}

I believe only text field are supported, you will have to extend to support link/image fields:

Have a look at following article:


Regards Bryan

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The attribute value being output is the raw value of the associated image field value.

<image mediaid=''

I followed the same image responsive blog and after some investigation and decompiling the DLLs I found that the value is printed out by:

        <processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.RenderingVariants.Pipelines.RenderVariantField.RenderVariantField, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.RenderingVariants" resolve="true" />

Essentially this happens in the method:

protected override string ResolveAttributeValues(string value, Item item, object model)

The token is replaced by the raw field value.

I got this same result in Sitecore 9.3 and the matching SXA version.

This is the first processor in that pipeline and whether or not its a bug or just an omission in the code to handle image URL attributes I'm not sure.

Either way here is a solution/patch:

 public class MyRenderVariantField : RenderVariantField
    protected override string ResolveAttributeValues(string value, Item item, object model)
        var imageResult = RetrieveImageTokenUrl(value, item);
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(imageResult))
            return imageResult;
        IKeyValueSourceFactory <Item> service = new ItemFieldNameKeyValueSourceFactory();
        IKeyValueSourceFactory<object> service2 = ServiceLocator.ServiceProvider.GetService<IKeyValueSourceFactory<object>>();
        IPatternProcessor service3 = new PatternProcessor();
        var processed = service.Create(item);
        value = service3.Process(value, processed);
        value = service3.Process(value, service2.Create(model));
        return value;
    protected string RetrieveImageTokenUrl(string value, Item item)
        string singleToken = string.Empty;
        foreach (Match regexItem in new Regex("\\$\\(([^$()]+)\\)", RegexOptions.Compiled).Matches(value))
            singleToken = regexItem.Groups[1].Value;
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(singleToken))
            var matchingField = item.Fields[singleToken];
            if (matchingField != null && matchingField.HasValue)
                var imageField = (Data.Fields.ImageField)matchingField;
                if (imageField != null && imageField.MediaItem != null)
                    singleToken = MediaManager.GetMediaUrl(imageField.MediaItem);
        return singleToken;

Extend the existing RenderVariantField and override the ResolveAttributeValues method.

I added some code at the top of the ResolveAttributeValues that uses a new method to detect if we are handling an image in our Attribute.

Now patch your new Processor in place over the original like so:

            <processor type="Sitecore.Foundation.ImageCompression.MyRenderVariantField, Sitecore.Foundation.ImageCompression" resolve="true" />

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