Drupal: One <body> attributes function to rule them all

So we figured out a neat Drupal trick at work today – it’s a way to add some very useful attributes to the tag in your Drupal 6 themes.

I wanted to have the tag in our theme templates to have a set of hooks that I could use for CSS and JavaScript. Ideally, I wanted 1. A unique ID for every page 2. A class based on the section the page was in 3. A class based on whether there was sidebar content or not (left & right)

So, the resulting tag would look something like this:

<body id="page-pagename" class="section-sectionname sidebars">

Which would make it much easier to do page-specific or section-specific CSS or JavaScript.

(The sidebars thing is taken directly from Garland – which is helpful in it’s own right.)

This has been addressed before – for Drupal 5, but it didn’t really work for Drupal 6. Specifically, the home page of a site wouldn’t get the correct resulting ID/class.

So, with some tweaking, and the help of a more knowledgable coworker, here is a function that adds all of the desired attributes to any given page’s tag.

First, in you page.tpl.php file, add this function call to the body tag, like so:

<body<?php print phptemplate_body_attributes($is_front,$sidebar_left, $sidebar_right); ?>>

Then, make the corresponding function in your template.php file, like this:

function phptemplate_body_attributes($is_front,$sidebar_left, $sidebar_right) {
//originally shared at http://drupal.org/node/32077, plus the sidebar piece is from Garland
  if ($is_front) {
    $body_id = 'front';
    $body_class = 'front';
  else {
    // Remove base path and any query string.
    global $base_path;
    list(,$path) = explode($base_path, $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], 2);
    list($path,) = explode('?', $path, 2);
    $path = rtrim($path, '/');
    // Construct the id name from the path, replacing slashes with dashes.
    $body_id = str_replace('/', '-', $path);
    // Construct the class name from the first part of the path only.
    list($body_class,) = explode('/', $path, 2);
   $body_id = 'page-'. $body_id;
   $body_class = 'section-'. $body_class;
  // Use the same sidebar classes as Garland.
  if ($sidebar_left != '' && $sidebar_right != '') {
    $sidebar_class = 'sidebars';
  else {
    if ($sidebar_left != '') {
      $sidebar_class = 'sidebar_left';
    if ($sidebar_right != '') {
      $sidebar_class = 'sidebar_right';
return " id=\"$body_id\" class=\"$body_class  $sidebar_class \"";

Ta day! Now your tag looks something like this:

<body id="page-test-page-1" class="section-testpages sidebars">

Pop open your CSS, rev your jQuery, and go to town!

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Google Fonts – the Drupal Module

That didn’t take long.


It is encouraging to see the new Google Fonts offering being embraced by the web design community, and also by the larger open source community.

What’s remarkable has been the almost universal praise this project has received.

What I’m most excited to see is how the library of fonts expands. I’m still unclear on how it’s curated, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that there could two or three times the amount of fonts in a year’s time.

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