I'm styling a custom region for the "Active Forum Topics Block" that's included with Drupal. can I hide certain elements in region--[name].tpl.php like as it is done in node.tpl.php?

This is part of my node.tpl.php:

    // We hide the elements now so that we can render them later.

I would like to do this if it's possible in region--forum_topics.tpl.php (example name "forum_topics"):


I don't know what the proper way is, for region.tpl.php. If this is possible, what can I put between brackets to hide the title of the block? If there is a documentation page I can see for more than just the block title, can you please link it?


It might be easier to do this in the block.tpl.php file (using $block->region to determine the region) as you have the title printed out separately from content there.

In your test environment you can also use stuff like these to get a better overview of complex variables (will help you with issues like this):

drupal_set_message('<pre>'.var_export($content, TRUE).'</pre>');

function print_r_html ($data) {
  ?><pre><?php print_r($data); ?></pre><?php
  • forgive me for being new to drupal. where would I insert this snippet?
    – hdavis84
    Dec 31 '11 at 16:59
  • 1
    You can use them directly in your template file. drupal_set_message() may need 2 page loads to show up and is generally better used in functions that do not output anything. The custom print_r_html() function is more suitable for template files.
    – Madis
    Dec 31 '11 at 17:19

You can always use hook_block_view_alter to hide the title, you can do something like this

function MYMODULE_block_view_MODULE_DELTA_alter(&$data, $block) {
  if arg(xx) = xx {  // detemine the path is a forum topic path
    $data['subject'] = xxx;   // change subject
    // or you can:

ps: MYMODULE is your module name, MODULE_DELTA is block id. Hope it helps.

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