Is it possible to control the layout using URL params? For example, I would like to be able to remove the sidebar block by adding &sidebar=no to the URL. It would be great if I can do this in the layout XML itself -- something like this:

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
        <action method="remove" ifrequestparam="sidebar" condition="true">
            <referenceContainer name="sidebar.main"/>

I know this is not possible right now, but what is the next simplest method to achieve something like this?

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I believe you get an idea from this, we can able to remove block programatically.

so you can try in your controller like

    $layout = $this->getLayout();
    $block = $layout->getBlock('Block Name'); // block name
    $layout->unsetElement('Block Name');

I found only remove block programatically, may be chances is there to remove container but I'm not sure.

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