Enabling document descriptions in the front-end Submit a document menu item

In DOCman 3.1 we disabled the document descriptions, in the front-end Submit a document menu item, as they are almost always unused. This only applies to new installs of 3.1.

Re-enabling the document descriptions in the front-end Submit a document menu item is very straightforward:

  1. Create an override for the file components/com_docman/views/submit/tmpl/form.html.php by copying it to your template's html folder.

    The file should be copied to /templates/[YOUR_TEMPLATE]/html/com_docman/submit/form.html.php
  2. Add the following code to the top of the file (right after the line that says defined('KOOWA') or die; ?>):

    <?php $params->show_description = true; ?>
  3. Reload your frontend Submit a document menu item and you should see that the document description editor panel has been re-enabled.

This override will only work if you are using the default Joomla editor, or if the editor supports the Joomla Editor API's. Some editors like Ark Editor, will not work.