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I am using the editor as an application to allow customers to make slideshows. There are a lot of moving parts and not all of its features are intuitive so within the CMS builder I would like to add some contextual help. Preferably by allowing a user to click on a fields label or adding a clickable graphic '?' which would result in a popup with an explainer on how to use that label.
Is this doable with an addon?
Yes, absolutely. The most basic implementation of that would be to enter HTML in the "Field Label" field in the field editor. Such as:
Title <a href="#" onclick="alert('more info here');">?</a>
Another method I often use for creating inline documentation is the "separator" field types. You can set them as "Collapsible" and "Closed By Default" so the user could have three fields such as the following at the top:
The collapsed separator bar hides everything until the next separator bar, so that would allow them to show instructions on demand. Alternatively, you could have the collapsed help text at the bottom and you wouldn't need a second separator to close it, or you could just put whatever custom html/jquery/etc you wanted in the HTML of a separator HTML block to run any custom code you wanted.
Hope that helps!
Update: Just realized HTML content in the "Field Label" shows in errors and alerts (field must not be blank, etc). If you want to try that method, I'd put the HTML in Field Add-ons (before or after) or one of the other fields.