I have created a custom module for Drupal 7. In this module, I would like it execute a javascript file that embeds an iframe when the module is viewed. I have tried the following code with no success:

function chat_with_librarian_block_view($delta = '') {

  $block = array();
  switch ($delta) {
    case 'chat_with_librarian':
      $block['subject'] = t('Ask a Librarian');
      $block['content'] = chat_with_librarian_get_html();
  return $block;

function chat_with_librarian_get_html() {

  $html = '<div id="qpchatwidget" >' .
    '</div>' .
    '<script ...call site in question with appropriate parameters...>' .
    '<noscript>Please enable javascript to chat with librarians online</noscript></script>';
  $form = array(
    'chat_frame' => array(
      '#type' => 'markup',
      '#markup' => $html,
      '#prefix' => '<div id="parent">',
      '#suffix' => '</div>',
  return $form;

What do I need to do to get the embedded javascript to work properly. As a side note I can make this work by creating a block through the administration screen, so I know this can be done. I just need to know what I am missing in my code to accomplish the same thing. When I do execute this code, the title is rendered but the body isn't. Examining the body of the block, I can see it contains the javascipt as returned by the function and an additional message:

Reload the page to get source for: url

It seems like the executing code cannot get correct div dimensions to return a proper iframe (but that is just a guess on my part - have put inline css to define a size). Has anyone come across something like this or how to get this working?



2 Answers 2


The $form var in chat_with_librarian_get_html()is rather useless, just return the $html var instead and it should work.

function chat_with_librarian_get_html() {
  $html = '<div id="parent"><div id="qpchatwidget" ></div>' .
    '<script ...call site in question with appropriate parameters...>' .
    '<noscript>Please enable javascript to chat with librarians online</noscript></script></div>';
  return $html;
  • I tried this originally and it didn't work. I thought that perhaps I needed to return a form but that ended up with the same result.
    – user5013
    Oct 21, 2013 at 15:47

I found the solution to my problem. The reason why this wasn't working is because the div statement:

<div id="qpchatwidget" ></div>

is on one line. If you break it up into two lines:

<div id="qpchatwidget" >

Then everything works as it should. Amazing how something so simple can mess you up.

  • Can you explain why? I thought html is not sensitive to white space.
    – vfclists
    Oct 22, 2013 at 0:51
  • I am not sure why this is but I have experienced this issue before in other circumstances. The morale of the story is always to keep everything on a separate line.
    – user5013
    Oct 22, 2013 at 23:20

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