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I would like to know how to fake a node in Drupal. I have a table with drawings. The drawings have non unique names. For each drawing I want to be able to create a page using the unique id of the drawing:

like so: http://mysite.com/drawing/100

I don't want to create nodes for each drawing but still be able to have a theme template to show the contents of the drawing record.

How do I do that. And if this is possible how do I access the drawing number in my template page?

Thanks a lot!

  • I don't need drawings on the page, the question is how to have a themed node for each drawing without actually creating the nodes. – user13622 Feb 12 '13 at 8:32
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What you are asking is rather basic module development. Setting up a page that takes an argument.

Check out the Example module, and more specifically the page_example module and page_example_arguments(). That contains the base of what you need.

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  • Thanks. I looked at the example. What I don't see in the example is where the template file comes in. I want a template like page--drawing.tpl.php to handle the page generation. – user13622 Feb 12 '13 at 9:06
  • To have a template generate my content for each drawing item, I used the theme_render_template function. Maybe this is also possible using a render array as done in the examples (referenced by enzipher), but I don't know how. So far theme_render_template does what I want. – user13622 Feb 12 '13 at 10:31
  • You don't necessarily need a tpl.php file when you're generating output in a custom module. You can also generate a render array containing html in your menu callback. If you do want to use template files, implement hook_theme in your module and add a #theme property to your render array (see also api.drupal.org/api/examples/…). – marcvangend Feb 12 '13 at 10:38
  • Thanks. I do want to use a template file because the html will be complex and I think it will be easier and cleaner to use a template file. – user13622 Feb 12 '13 at 11:12
  • Can you tell me how to specifiy the template file in hook_theme? – user13622 Feb 12 '13 at 11:38

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