Sitecore Standard Template: Help Section

This blog post contains information about the fields in the Help section of the standard template in the Sitecore ASP.NET web Content Management System (CMS) and Experience Platform (XP). For more information about the standard template and topics mentioned in this blog post, see the links in the Resources section at the end of this page.

The fields in the Help section of the standard template can provide context-sensitive assistance to users working with items in Sitecore. The fact that properties that expose the IDs of these fields appear in the Sitecore.TemplateFieldIDs class may indicate that Sitecore intends these fields to be relevant only to data templates (or at least, populated in data template definition items rather than standard values or individual items).

  • __Help link (Sitecore.TemplateFieldIDs.HelpLink): I could not easily find any usage of this field. I can imagine using it to develop a system that provides links to further information for working with items, for example in the Quick Info section to generate a link to external documentation, or to make the short description a link to such documentation. In that case, I feel that the field should appear in the data template for data templates rather than the standard template.
  • __Long description (Sitecore.TemplateFieldIDs.Description): Appears when a user hovers over an item in the content tree (what one might refer to as a tooltip…)
  • __Short description (Sitecore.TemplateFieldIDs.ToolTip): Appears in the item title bar.