I want to hide the product-collateral tab present in product details page when no value is entered for that attribute. am stuck here.

The tab coding in view.phtml is this:

<div class="product-collateral toggle-content tabs">
    <?php if ($detailedInfoGroup = $this->getChildGroup('detailed_info', 'getChildHtml')):?>
        <dl id="collateral-tabs" class="collateral-tabs">
            <?php foreach ($detailedInfoGroup as $alias => $html):?>
                <dt class="tab"><span><?php echo $this->escapeHtml($this->getChildData($alias, 'title')) ?></span></dt>
                <dd class="tab-container">
                    <div class="tab-content"><?php echo $html ?></div>
            <?php endforeach;?>
    <?php endif; ?>

In catalog.xml it is called like:

<block type="catalog/product_view_description" name="product.description" as="description" template="catalog/product/view/description.phtml">  
    <action method="addToParentGroup"><group>detailed_info</group></action>
    <action method="setTitle" translate="value"><value>Description</value></action>

The description.phtml is this:

<?php $_description = Mage::registry('current_product')->getDescription(); ?>
<?php if ($_description): ?>
    <div class="std">
        <?php echo $this->helper('catalog/output')->productAttribute(Mage::registry('current_product'), $_description, 'description') ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Please guide me how to hide the tab when no value is entered in description attribute field.I dont exactly know the jquery responsible for this.

1 Answer 1


You can add a condition here. This will skip the tab from rendering


<dl id="collateral-tabs" class="collateral-tabs">
    <?php foreach ($detailedInfoGroup as $alias => $html):?>
        if($alias=="description") continue; 
        // if(trim($html)=="") continue;
        <dt class="tab"><span><?php echo $this->escapeHtml($this->getChildData($alias, 'title')) ?></span></dt>



You can compare name of any tab here if($alias=="NAME_OF_TAB")

  • when I included this code <?php //ADD YOUR CONDITION HERE if($alias=="description") continue; ?> it is hiding the tab even when there is value.
    – Ramya
    May 27, 2016 at 6:53
  • you want to hide tab, if whole description content OR HTML is empty, right ? May 27, 2016 at 6:55
  • yes. When No value is entered in that attribute field it should be hidden.
    – Ramya
    May 27, 2016 at 6:56
  • 1
    use if(trim($html)=="") continue; May 27, 2016 at 6:58
  • 1
    Why this ans is accepted? Its not working at all.
    – Indian
    Sep 20, 2017 at 11:31

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