I've got a block created with views, which displaying a slider. The slider is created as an unpublished content type with two field collections:

Settings[one value]:

  • selectors type: thumbs or bullets
  • slider class: fixed position, faded etc.

Slider content[multiple values]:

  • slide class
  • content class
  • Image
  • content

I do not use views slideshow module
I'm using views-view--slider-block.tpl.php file to customize the output

All works, but I have stuck with one specific setting "fixed position" - this setting should add to html a special class, which I guess can be added only by preprocess_html function:

function MYTHEME_preprocess_html(&$variables) { 
    if ( SLIDER HAS "fixed" SETTING ){
        $variables['classes_array'][] = 'slider_fixed';

the problem is:

  1. how to compose the if statement?
  2. Did I have to load $view object which allows me to check what setting is used?

I'm looking for the solution which has the lowest influence on the performance.

any suggestions?

  • If you can add this class to the html of the block in use instead of the page body, you should be able to access the Views object as $view in your Views template.
    – Jimajamma
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:09
  • Yes, I have a variable with the setting in views template file. The problem is how to pass it to MYTHEME_preprocess_html()
    – Jack-PL
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:10
  • right, but can the slider js you have use a class in its wrapping block's div instead of looking at the page's body/html tag?
    – Jimajamma
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:13
  • this class has to be in body to achieve the effect (fixed position of the slider towards to body)
    – Jack-PL
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:17
  • gotcha. grr. there really isn't any direct way to do what you want to do then.
    – Jimajamma
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:27

1 Answer 1


The Context API allow to pass a variable from view.tpl to template.php file


In view.tpl file :

context_set('slider_settings', 'slider_class', 'fixed_position');

In theme template file :

function MYTHEME_preprocess_html(&$variables) {

$slider_class = context_get('slider_settings', 'slider_class');
if ($slider_class == 'fixed_position'){
    $variables['classes_array'][] = 'slider_fixed';


It is an aswer for my own question, because I found a solution by myself, and it might be useful for someone I think..

  • This is excellent, using it on a current project, thanks. Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 21:58

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