Does anyone know, if there is any work-around or regular setup for panels or custom code known, to be able to use a url/node/%id or node menu-callback to render node/entity content delivered without the rendered page wrapping (<html> <header>,etc)?

I am not asking for Panels_everywhere behavior nor for Drupal modules like Colorbox, Lightbox, and all the others, nor Colorbox_node popup and such. I only try to have the node/entity callback url at hand to render entity or node content without any page.tpl.php or html.tpl.php involved, to use it somewhere else like for bootstrap modal, node_panels rendered into modals, or for custom scenarios to get most flexibility.

I took a look into Ctools module suite's modal callback and Entity_popup but the lack of documentation (no offense) and the confusion in my mind lead me to here asking for some breadcrumbs and ideas.

Thanks for any help on this.

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After some research I maybe found an answer by myself for this question, not sure yet. Maybe temporary or at first glance only.

While I embrace user5482's (Thanks for your fast reply!) approach using hook_menu() in a custom module, what I have considered already, I still have 2 worries. First: there is missing experience on my side and missing documentation on the functions side for its underrated delivery argument (take a look here). Second: Custom modules should only be considered for very rare individual situations, otherwise you fastly run into 10 custom modules on a project which need to be maintained on core updates. If the scenario what you are looking for is more common, the chance is 99%, that there is a module for that.

So, at first, I will try to achieve this with the JQuery_Ajax_Load module, which actually builds on the mentioned hook_menu() and I will report back when I have any news on this.

  • SInce this work-around def. works, I shamelessly mark my own anwer since this is the fastest way to reach the goal.
    – nilsun
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 18:21

You can definitely do this with the hook_menu() function. It'd look almost exactly like the tutorials you'll see out there for an AJAX request using hook_menu()

hook_menu() lets you create your own URL that can access any Drupal or custom function, including making something that just spits out the info you want.

  • Hi. Wow. :) Thanks for your fast reply, user5482! Would you mind to elaborate a little bit more on this? Because most of what I think you maybe talk about need a custom or separate module, which will provide this on a level where it is too late for my approach, is isn't it?. Not a problem. But I am not sure if I will finally have this callback at hand, for example: for context or selection rules to render the node into a node_panel before the modal comes into play, just for an example. But maybe I am wrong ...
    – nilsun
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:48
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    You can use it in a custom module without an issue. If you're looking at loading the content in to a bootstrap modal you can do it actually using AJAX and fill your modal with the response.
    – user5482
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:50
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    Thank you user5482 for your help, but I would like to achieve a stackexchange like how-to for others finding this issue. Hopefully we can finally provide a more clear an detailed answer. I've posted another module link and a link to a how-to on Drupal.org in another answer below.
    – nilsun
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 15:16

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