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Option to display field descriptions above field

  1. Anonymous

    I'm wondering if you could add an option to display the description about the field, both on a single field and globally for a form?

    Where I need right now is for a large number of checkboxes; the description is "below the fold" and I fear people will never see it.

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday February 15, 2010 | Permalink
  2. You could use CSS to reposition the description, as described by Kevin here:

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday February 15, 2010 | Permalink
  3. Here's an alternate method that you can try. It uses jQuery to reposition the description.

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
      <script type="text/javascript">
      $(document).ready(function() {
      $('li#field_xx_yy .gfield_description').insertAfter($('li#field_xx_yy .gfield_label'));

    You'll want to add this to your page template or your header.php file. If you're already calling the jQuery library, you can omit that initial script reference. You'll just need to replace the "#field_xx_yy" with your actual field ID, something like "#field_15_4".

    You can repeat that for each description you would like to relocate. The benefit to doing it this is that there is less CSS manipulation (maybe a few margin/padding tweaks) and that it displays inline so will adjust to fit varying lengths of text rather than having to rely on specifying heights in the CSS.

    view a screenshot

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday February 15, 2010 | Permalink
  4. Anonymous

    @illinoisharley: Thanks for this. It's a short-term workaround though so I do hope to see a solution that allows the user to configure in the admin console.

    @Kevin Flahaut: The jQuery solution is also awesome, but longer term an admin console solution would be appreciated.

    That said, is there not a way we can optionally have meaningful names for ids, i.e. field_my_options vs. field_2_5? The latter is really hard to maintain and thus fragile.

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday February 15, 2010 | Permalink
  5. We do plan on adding this in a future release. We are always looking at ways to make the plugin better and development will never be "done" as there are always things to add and improve.

    Posted 9 years ago on Tuesday February 16, 2010 | Permalink

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