I have a situation where I have a template and thus content items of that template whereby the field names seem to have problems in the content editor but not in visual studio.

Notice below that city and postal code both have 2 colons and postal code is not properly capitalised.

Content Editor

But Visual Studio seems to show these field names just fine, and everywhere I look, everything seems fine.

Visual Studio

As a note, there is no complex template inheritance happening. The template where this occurs is derived only from Standard template and the fields in question are Template fields.

Additionally, I can access the field values using their correct names. One example being item["Postal Code"], but the field name still displays incorrectly in the content editor.

I have already tried deleting the fields and then re-adding them, and the problem still persists. I also created brand new content items from the template after the changes, and the problem still persists.

I would and could delete the template and start over, but the template in question has a lot of fields and a lot of validation happening on each field, so I'd rather not restart.

Thoughts are appreciated.

  • Did you at some point have a : in the field name? Does this only happen for City and Postal code fields? What happens when you add a Random named field like Test or Testing?
    – ASura
    Oct 24, 2016 at 17:46
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    Check the Title field on the field items, does that have anything in?
    – Richard Seal
    Oct 24, 2016 at 17:48
  • @ASURA there may have been a : at some point, but I can't confirm it. When I add a new field called Testing Field, it displays with no issue. @Richard Seal , the Title field on the field item does not have anything in it. None of the other fields that are working fine have a value in that field either. It seems as though Sitecore is hung up or having problems with those specific field names in this case. Perhaps it's a bug as a result of renaming or reordering in the past? Thanks! Oct 24, 2016 at 17:55
  • Can you do the following in an incognito browser - Can you add a value in the title field save and then remove it and save. Also change the field name to City1 save and rename back to City and save?
    – ASura
    Oct 24, 2016 at 17:56
  • In the incognito browser I performed the change to the field item title field as you recommended. The problem still persisted even after creating a new content item. Here is the interesting part. When I changed the name to City 1 and Postal Code 1, the field names displayed properly... But when I changed the field names back, they reverted back to their buggy state, as if there is some particular fixation on the exact field names "City" and "Postal Code" Oct 24, 2016 at 18:03

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It sounds like you have a matching item in /sitecore/System/Dictionary/.

I did a quick test by adding a Dictionary item that matches the name of a field and the Content Editor picks it up.

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    Wow, you're definitely right. I was able to find an exact dictionary item with a phrase that exactly matched the fudged field names. Thank you. We are currently working out a solution as we are not quite sure what to do with the dictionary item, why it's there, and so on. Will return back to this question as soon as possible. Oct 25, 2016 at 19:04
  • Great answer Jonas, nice find. @Marcel don't forget, if this answer solves your problem, be sure to select it as the correct answer. =) Oct 28, 2016 at 4:06
  • As a side note, whenever you're deploying dictionary items upstream, Sitecore caches the dictionary items. Some versions of Sitecore require this cache to be cleared for the updates to come through. Jun 8, 2018 at 15:46

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