I have enabled the anonymous comment setting. And its E-mail form appears as shown below.

Comment E-mail form

Now, I want to change the text "The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly." to "E-mail address will not be shown publicly."

How can I change this programmatically.

For information the HTML part I have copied through fire-bug which is as below.

<div class="form-item form-type-textfield form-item-mail">
     <label for="edit-mail">E-mail <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label>
     <input id="edit-mail" name="mail" value="" size="30" maxlength="64" class="form-text required" type="text">
     <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div>

This value is defined in the comment_form function. More specifically, it is the description in this section:

  // Add author e-mail and homepage fields depending on the current user.
  $form['author']['mail'] = array(
    '#type' => 'textfield',
    '#title' => t('E-mail'),
    '#default_value' => $comment->mail,
    '#required' => (!$user->uid && $anonymous_contact == COMMENT_ANONYMOUS_MUST_CONTACT),
    '#maxlength' => 64,
    '#size' => 30,
    '#description' => t('The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.'),
    '#access' => $is_admin || (!$user->uid && $anonymous_contact != COMMENT_ANONYMOUS_MAYNOT_CONTACT),

You could create a custom module and implement hook_form_FORM_ID_alter. Your custom module file would contain below lines in a .module file and a basic .info file.


function MODULENAME_form_comment_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  $form['author']['mail']['#description'] = t('E-mail address will not be shown publicly.');

Alternatively there are some options for overriding strings outlined here: Drupal 6 & 7 - Change default strings (text) without using full translation system

  • Hi, Thanks for answer. Instead of creating module, can I just put this function in template.php? I just tried and it is working perfectly. Is this the right way to do? Or I will have to create module? Thanks again. – CodeNext Jun 16 '16 at 6:29
  • In Drupal there is a thin line between modules and themes. I guess it is save to leave it there. – Neograph734 Jun 16 '16 at 6:48

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