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I'm wondering if there's an easy way to create comment help text for custom product attributes (or really for any product attributes - even some core attributes could use some helper text to make it a bit more clear what they do).

What I mean by comment help text is for example what you get when you use <comment> in system.xml. system.xml comment help text

So, for example, let's say you wanted to add a comment under Meta Title in the Meta Information tab of a product edit page to say "This is what will show up in the browser title bar".

I just noticed that Meta Description as an example already has some comment help text ("Maximum 255 chars") underneath it, but from a quick glance I'm not seeing where that would be defined under the Attribute details under Catalog > Manage Attributes > *meta_description*

I haven't done much digging yet into the core code to hunt for this yet, so my apologies if this is a really stupid question!

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I'd look pretty hard at the setup script / default entities definition which creates that attribute in the first place. I'd check myself but I'm installing osx. Again. – benmarks Mar 13 '14 at 15:41
Thanks Ben - will do! Good luck with the install! – kalenjordan Mar 13 '14 at 16:15
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Ha...this is a good one.
The field in the db that determines the text under the attribute field is note from the eav_attribute table.
I never noticed that you can't change that from the UI.
I've created a lot of attributes that have a 'comment' below the fields but never change one.

To add that you need to specify this in the install script:

$this->addAttribtue('catalog_product', 'attribute_code_here', array(
   'note' => 'This will be displayed below the field',

To change it for one attribute you can add this in an install/upgrade script.

$this->updateAttribute('catalog_product', 'attribute_code_here', 'note', 'This will be displayed below the field'); 

I can't believe that I've missed this in all the million versions I've used so far.

See the definition of the meta_description attribute in Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Setup::installEntities().

'meta_description'   => array(
                        'type'                       => 'varchar',
                        'label'                      => 'Meta Description',
                        'input'                      => 'textarea',
                        'required'                   => false,
                        'note'                       => 'Maximum 255 chars',
                        'class'                      => 'validate-length maximum-length-255',
                        'sort_order'                 => 3,
                        'global'                     => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_STORE,
                        'group'                      => 'Meta Information',
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I see what's going on here. This goes back to what Vinai said about never creating these things manually - it's better to create them all with setup scripts. I still do them manually b/c I'm not managing a lot of them at a time, so I can get away with it. This is another good reason to move to always creating attribs programatically. – kalenjordan Mar 13 '14 at 16:17
My proposal on Twitter was to add an UI to view / update the note field. I've already implemented this and ready to send a PR against at least Magento 1.x – Zifius Mar 13 '14 at 16:57

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