[development] The Status and Future of the Body Field

Shai Gluskin shai at content2zero.com
Fri Jan 15 15:27:35 UTC 2010

I'm working on a "What's New" in D7 screencast and I'm having trouble
figuring out the body field and what a best practice would be.

A quick review leads me to the following conclusion:

The body field is a legacy of a pre-fields-in-core Drupal.

I can understand, for ease of upgrading, why the body field might remain in
the node_revisions table.

But this is what I don't get: Why is the body field still there when you
create a *new* content-type the body field is still there on the
content-type edit screen. If you want to add a "long text with summary"
field you should just go to, "Manage Fields", choose "Text" and then "Long
text with summary."

I understand that upgraded existing content-types with body fields will
still need to be edited. But shouldn't there be a way to edit existing body
fields from updated content types without presenting the body field in the
legacy manner when creating new content-types?

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