[development] Inline form errors

Randy Fay randy at randyfay.com
Thu May 26 14:07:23 UTC 2011

There are two things that come to mind immediately, but I think there are
other approaches as well.

1. AJAX-enabled form elements put the errors by default right with the
element. This is often good. You can also put them anywhere with a little

2. Using hook_page_alter() you can change the location of the dsm messages
(D7). That's easy and might be an appropriate approach.

I imagine a simple change to page.tpl.php would also allow you to put your
messages in a more appropriate place.

I really think this is a #fail in Drupal, as it's a very common problem.
Users often miss error messages because they show up out of context. I'd
certainly welcome a D8 fix for this.


On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:18 AM, Steven Jones <
steven.jones at computerminds.co.uk> wrote:

> Hello developers,
> We're building a site that has a form in a block in one of our
> sidebars. If the user enters incorrect values, the form validation
> happens correctly, and errors are flagged up. However the messages
> such as:
> 'The title field is required'
> Appear in the main messages region, at the top of the page content,
> which is nowhere near our form on the page, which is in a sidebar. The
> fields in the form are highlighted, so the user can see that something
> is wrong with the input, but the messages are a mile away.
> Is there any module or method for getting the validation messages for
> the current form in the location of the form itself, and out of the
> global messages? Or any effort to get something like this into core?
> I'm happy to code something if I need to, just wondered if anyone had
> tackled this before?
> Regards
> Steven Jones
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Randy Fay
Drupal Module and Site Development
randy at randyfay.com
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