Is it possible to control (as in change) the order in which the fields appear in the html markup?

On admin page for a content type admin/structure/types/manage/<content type>/fields and in the Manage Fields tab, the fields can be dragged and re-ordered in the list.

However, looking at the outputted html source, the order does not change according to the order in this list. Is it supposed to? (I'd like to think it does).

I also looked at field_weight to control the order of the output but it unclear in what the author(s) of this module mean by 'weight'. Trying this module didn't appear to change the order in the resultant html source.

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You can change tho order these fields are displayed from Manage Display (admin/structure/types/manage/CONTENT TYPE/display). Edit the weight there and the fields should be displayed in the selected order on the node view page.

Edit: In the fields screen (admin/structure/types/manage/CONTENT TYPE/fields) the weight is used for displaying the form fields in the edit/add content type form.

  • Yes - I see now - thank you! +1 and Accepted. I should add some things to support the answer: 1) the ordering I needed is done in admin/structure/types/manage/CONTENT TYPE/display (the 'Manage display' tab). Curiously, the 'Manage fields' tab ( admin/structure/types/manage/CONTENT TYPE/fields ) does not maintain the same order defined in 'Manage display' (not sure why - it doesn't matter for me, but comments?) 2) you can also see the weights as numeric values by selecting 'show row weights' on the right 3) this functionality is built in, field_weights provides per node granularity of control. Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 15:42
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    Just to add @therobyouknow the ordering on the Manage Fields screen affects the node editing form :)
    – Beebee
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 15:54
  • Ahh OK I see yes, thank you +1. Well that's good flexibility because I guess the order in which the data is entered may need to be different from how it is displayed (differing usability needs for data entry and display). Great thanks. :) Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 16:21

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