I have a field in a node type called body_styles.

I need to modify html.tpl.php to get the value of body_styles to add it to the classes of the body tag.

I tried with dpm($node->content['body_styles']['#value']); but I get nothing. I think it is because $node is not available in html.tpl.php.

how do I get a node field value in a html.tpl.php template file?

@svetlio: almost done:

The class is correctly added to $variables['classes_array'] but if I inspect the body (see my capture below the code) tag is not there

    function omega_subtheme_2_preprocess_html(&$variables, $hook) {
    if (arg(0) == 'node' && is_numeric(arg(1))) {
        global $language;
        $node = entity_load_unchanged('node', arg(1));

        dpm($node -> field_body_class['und'][0]['value']);

        if (isset($node -> field_body_class['und'][0]['value']) && $node -> field_body_class['und'][0]['value']){
            $variables['classes_array'][] = $node -> field_body_class['und'][0]['value'];

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  • Have you tried clearing your cache?
    – aendra
    Aug 1, 2012 at 13:04
  • I clear all cache several times, not working...
    – chefnelone
    Aug 1, 2012 at 14:13

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Another way - without edit template and adding code in template.php

function THEME_preprocess_html(&$variables, $hook) {
    if (arg(0) == 'node' && is_numeric(arg(1))) {
      $node = entity_load_unchanged('node', arg(1));

      if (isset($node -> field_FIELD_NAME['und'][0]['value']) && $node -> field_FIELD_NAME['und'][0]['value']) {
        $variables['classes_array'][] = $node -> field_FIELD_NAME['und'][0]['value'];

replace THEME with your theme_name and FIELD_NAME with your field_name, clear the cache

edit: I change "$node = entity_load('node', arg(1));" to $node = "entity_load_unchanged('node', arg(1));"

  • I use friendly url and it is a multilingual site then the urls has appended the Path prefix (en, es, fr). then the function get the arguments in a wrong way: arg(1) and arg(0)
    – chefnelone
    Aug 1, 2012 at 11:02
  • add "global $language;" before "$node = entity_load_unchanged('node', arg(1));" and replace all 'und' with "$language -> language" without the quotes
    – svetlio
    Aug 1, 2012 at 12:05
  • almost there. I need to leave 'und' to get it to work. The class is correctly added to $variables['classes_array'] but if I inspect the body tag is not there. Please see the function at the bottom of my question.
    – chefnelone
    Aug 1, 2012 at 12:45
  • must to clear cache after each change in template.php before refreshing page, maybe twice
    – svetlio
    Aug 1, 2012 at 13:50
  • 1
    I read the doc for preprocess function with omega. You are right, it is different. I can't get it working though, but this out the scope of this question
    – chefnelone
    Aug 2, 2012 at 7:47

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