I have the following Visualforce

<apex:pageBlockTable value="{!myObject}" var="obj">

    <!-- iterate over the fieldset to render the columns -->
    <apex:repeat value="{!$ObjectType.myObject.FieldSets.FieldSetName}" var="field">
        <apex:column >
            <apex:facet name="header">
                    <apex:outputText styleClass="header" value="{!field.Label}" />
            <apex:inputField value="{!myObject[field]}" />


Each of the fields in the fieldset has help text, but the help text does not appear in the Visualforce page. According to the response to this idea, help text should be automatic if using inputField, but I do not get help text at all, either in the column headers or next to the inputs.

How can I get the standard inline help text to work in this scenario?

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I'm fairly sure that you can't get help text in this scenario. I believe it automatically renders only when InputField is used in the context of a PageBlockSection (where the label and input field are rendered automatically, with the help bubble in between). I haven't seen a way to get mouseover help bubbles automatically in a PageBlockTable. The solution would be some sort of (ugly) roll-your-own.

  • I wrote something up on how to copy Salesforce's implementation of the help text if you go down the path of rolling your own - michaelwelburn.com/2014/01/13/… Jan 24, 2014 at 0:38
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    @MichaelWelburn I'm always very wary of utilizing solutions like yours for the very reasons you mention. I've landed on using an image with a title attribute which takes longer to display that the native Salesforce hover help.
    – mkdjns
    Jan 24, 2014 at 1:15

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