Ive put this code before the closing head tag in my html.tpl.php but nothing is happening. Im using the zen theme. Ive tried clearing my cache.

Im I somehow missing a syntax error or is this a Zen/ Drupal qwerk?

    $(document).ready(function() {


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It would be helpful to know what version of drupal you are using.

Modifying html.tpl.php to add Javascript like this is really a bad choice as it is a very brittle way of coding something.

Jquery in Drupal 7 is loaded using the noConflict mechanism. This avoids javascript namespace collisions:

Many JavaScript libraries use $ as a function or variable name, just as jQuery does. In jQuery's case, $ is just an alias for jQuery, so all functionality is available without using $. If we need to use another JavaScript library alongside jQuery, we can return control of $ back to the other library with a call to $.noConflict():

If you wanted to use code like you've written you would write:

    jQuery(document).ready(function() {

You're better off adding a scripts[] entry into your theme_name.info file and placing such code in its own javascript file in your theme directory. Drupal will load it into the HTML <head> for you and aggregate your javascript files for you if you have aggregation turned on.

scripts[]= js/example.js

/* Example /sites/all/themes/YOURTHEME/js/example.js */
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
  $('nav ul.primary-menu').append('<div class="nav-blackhole"></div>');
  • html.tpl.php is not used before Drupal 7. I hope the OP is not using that with Drupal 6. :)
    – apaderno
    Dec 15, 2012 at 1:27

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