I want to add a small html within the body tag of the site. I believe I can use template preprocess for this. I don't want to touch the template files. I am doing this from a module.

  • Is there a particular reason why you don't want to touch the page.tpl.php? If you mind about changing the original theme you can create a subtheme.
    – BetaRide
    Mar 25 '12 at 6:55

You should add hook_node_view() into your module. See the given example on how to add HTML markup.

function mymodule_node_view($node, $view_mode, $langcode) {
  $node->content['my_additional_field'] = array(
    '#markup' => $additional_field, 
    '#weight' => 10, 
    '#theme' => 'mymodule_my_additional_field',

You can use hook_preprocess_page() for that:

MODULENAME_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
  // …

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