I have 2 functions in template.php: The first attaches current page title to breadcrumbs; the second sets the title to 'Completion' when the user opens /scores/completion.

function lwt_breadcrumb($variables) {
    $breadcrumb = $variables['breadcrumb'];
    if (!empty($breadcrumb)) {
        // Adding the title of the current page to the breadcrumb.
        $breadcrumb[] = drupal_get_title();

        // Provide a navigational heading to give context for breadcrumb links to
        // screen-reader users. Make the heading invisible with .element-invisible.
        $output = '<h2 class="element-invisible">' . t('You are here') . '</h2>';

        $output .= '<div class="breadcrumb">' . implode(' » ', $breadcrumb) . '</div>';
        return $output;

function lwt_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
      $path = drupal_get_path_alias();
      if ($path == 'scores/completion') {
            $vars['title'] = 'Completion';

The breadcrumb is still scores. How do I fix it?


  • Is the page title changing? I.e. is it JUST the breadcrumb that's broken, or is your preprocess not firing at all?
    – Chapabu
    Nov 13, 2012 at 12:18
  • The page title is changing. Preprocess is firing.
    – user4035
    Nov 13, 2012 at 13:42

1 Answer 1


drupal_get_title() gets the title from a PHP static variable, which is different from the variable $variables['title'] passed to the template files.

Your template hook would work if it uses the following code.

function lwt_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
  $path = drupal_get_path_alias();
  if ($path == 'scores/completion') {
    // -1-
    $vars['title'] = t('Completion');
    // -1-

What happens is the following:

  • lwt_preprocess_page() is invoked, and (through drupal_set_title()) sets the static variable containing the value returned from drupal_get_title().
  • template_process_page() is invoked, and it calls the theme function for the breadcrumbs; in your case that theme function is lwt_breadcrumb(), which calls drupal_get_title(), obtaining the same value you set in lwt_preprocess_page().

In lwt_preprocess_page() you could also replace the code between // -1- with the following one.


The reason also this code works is that template_process_page() first checks if $variables['title'] is set; if it is not set, it calls drupal_get_title().

  if (!isset($variables['title'])) {
    $variables['title'] = drupal_get_title();


  • theme(), for the order in which theme template hooks are executed
  • drupal_static(), for understanding how the page title is stored in a static variable accessible to any function

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