I have a taxonomy based menu (3 tiers) that displays a specific content type. Content items are always tagged at the lowest level child (*) so when the menu items are selected a range of content is displayed.

top-level | mid-level1 | child1*
          |            | child2*
          | mid-level2 - child3*
          | child4*

When the parent levels are selected, I would like a summary page for the parent to show. I am using views and panels and getting the lowest level children to show is easily accomplished, but how do I set a filter or context to determine if the view is not at the lowest level?

Panels exposes a context that selects content with a parent (or not) so I can easily identify the top level menu selections, but the bottom children can occur at either level two or three and there is no context for 'has children'.

What can I use as a context to select the parents and which hook to use?


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This is an excellent example of a custom Ctools plugin. In this case, our plugin type is "Access". The below is copied from "term_has_parent", and adopted to search for the reverse. It could probably be improved with some more robust error checking.

In Panels, you will get a new "Selection Rule", so that you can distinguish between terms that have children, from those that don't.

 * Plugins are described by creating a $plugin array which will be used
 * by the system that includes this file.
$plugin = array(
  'title' => t("Taxonomy: term has child(ren)"),
  'description' => t('Control access if a term has children.'),
  'callback' => 'term_has_child_ctools_access_check',
  'default' => array('negate' => 0),
  'summary' => 'term_has_child_ctools_access_summary',
  'required context' => new ctools_context_required(t('Term'), array('taxonomy_term', 'terms')),

 * Check for access.
function term_has_child_ctools_access_check($conf, $context) {
  $children = db_select('taxonomy_term_hierarchy', 't')
    ->condition('parent', $context->data->tid)
    ->range(0, 1)

  return count($children) > 1;

 * Provide a summary description based upon the checked terms.
function term_has_child_ctools_access_summary($conf, $context) {
  return 'Returns true if the current term has children';

If you don't know how to use a custom Ctools plugin, I suggest that is the topic of another question.

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