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This question is specific to D7: I'm trying to load in jQuery UI modal into the theme. I've put the following in my THEMENAME_preprocess_html:

$variables['page']['content']['#attached']['library'][] = array('system', 'ui.dialog');

This isn't loading the library at all.

DPM-ing the $variables array after the above line shows that it's all added correctly (There's even other stuff in there like, addthis.js): DPM of variables array

Direct link: http://i.imgur.com/iTeynMR.png

Obviously all caches were cleared. At this point the console shows an error that dialog is not defined. But as soon as I add this (in the same function, just below the #attached line):

drupal_add_library('system', 'ui.dialog');

then the dialog modal opens and starts playing nicely. Am I doing something wrong with #attached? I'm really puzzled as to why one's working and the other doesn't. Ideally I'd like to use #attached in the cases where the variables array gets cached and the preprocess doesn't get called.

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Because the render array has already been rendered before the preprocess functions, '#attached' is not supported in preprocess functions until Drupal 8.

The issue where it was added is https://www.drupal.org/node/2346369

The related Drupal 8 change record is https://www.drupal.org/node/2352319 - this also shows the supported way of doing it in Drupal 7.

Using drupal_add_library() will work, but it will not be cached, so you will take a performance hit. You are better off adding it to the #attached array at a different step in the process.

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  • Excellent. Thank you, so I guess the only way to go is to use drupal_add_library. Will this have issues when caching is turned on? – Beebee Jul 11 '17 at 15:20
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    I know the use of drupal_add_css & drupal_add_js are affected by caching but I think maybe it depends where you are using it (using it in blocks for example doesn't work properly when cached). I haven't looked into it enough to understand entirely but you will find out with a test run. Also, you could move your code, unless it really has to be in preprocess html. It could maybe go in hook_page_build() or hook_page_alter() instead. – rooby Jul 11 '17 at 15:33
  • yeah I don't know why I stuck with preprocess. Thank you for the clarification. – Beebee Jul 11 '17 at 15:40
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    "For whatever reason (maybe just oversight), '#attached' is not supported in preprocess functions until Drupal 8." <---- This is because the render array has already been rendered before the preprocess functions. Using drupal_add_library() will work, but it will not be cached, so you will take a performance hit. You are better off adding it to the #attached array at a different step in the process. – Jaypan Jul 11 '17 at 22:10

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