Trying to theme a form into all the pieces available, passed my $form and $vars through hook_preprocess_HOOK but in my tpl i would like the exact render() representation of the fields and variables and the form itself like:

print $form_tag.
      $form_closure; <!-- build_id,token_id -->

Where there are declared in the preprosess_HOOK as

$form = $variables['form'];
$variables['form_tag'] = render($form); 
$variables['form_input1'] = render($form['input1']);
$variables['closure'] = drupal_render_children($form);

Is it possible to have all this variables of produced HTML in my tpl? like form start tag and closure and render correctly all the inner fields? Thank you

  • is this a form you have created or a form in core or drupal modules? – Mohammed Shameem Jan 27 '13 at 4:01
  • this is a form in a custom module – Pan Chrono Jan 27 '13 at 10:42

I am not sure if this is what you are trying to do. But from the question I feel that you just want to re arrange the form in an order of your choice.

The best place to do that is with in a hook_form_alter function. Rather than the preprocess_HOOK.

Every form element has a property called #weight This could be used to arrange the forms in order the one with higher weight would go down.

  • Thanks mohammad but the form is arranged. I need to produce a template that has every element of the form available for themer for example and a theme_hook on his template of the theme to have the variables available also like: $form_tag = <form id="" ...> $fieldset = <fieldset> .. </fieldset> $closure = <input type="hidden" build_id etc .. is this possible? – Pan Chrono Jan 27 '13 at 10:26
  • what would be the use case? – Mohammed Shameem Jan 27 '13 at 10:28
  • 100% front end handling of things in the template – Pan Chrono Jan 27 '13 at 11:24

Well the answer is simple , i returned the content using a theme function e.g.

return theme('mytheme',$form)



in the form array and

'render element' => form 

in my hook_theme solved the problem

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