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Basically I want to have my own widget as a choice in the widget drop down of an existing field type; and/or I want to be able to call field_view_field on a field and have it display the way I need, using info from the field itself and elsewhere.

I can probabaly do what I need with template_preprocess_field but I would prefer to hook the existing admin interface for selecting the output of the form.

I'm assuming that a solution is available that would allow the output of the field to be the way I configure it any place the field can be displayed, Views, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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The Examples project on drupal.org has a field example, showing how to implement a widget.

Basically you need to implement hook_field_widget_info(), and for 'field types' include the field type your widget is for.

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