Tutorial - CSS Overrides

Custom Stylesheets

The two column layout on the form we have built so far is far from perfect, because the styling applied to the labels and controls does not take account of the restricted width of the first column. Indicia allows us to apply custom style sheets to any Indicia generated page which allows us to fix this. This is not a tutorial on CSS, so we’ll assume that the following CSS is correct and look at ways of adding this to our page.

.columns {
    overflow: hidden;
.columns .column {
    float: left;
    min-height: 1px;
    position: relative;
.columns.two > .column {
    padding: 0 2%;
    width: 48%;
.columns.two > .column:first-child {
    padding-left: 0;
.columns.two > .column:last-child {
    padding-right: 0;

.two .column label {
    display: block;
    width: auto;
.two .column textarea {
    width: 100%;
.two .column .helpText {
    margin-left: 0;
.two .column .hierarchy-select {
    display: block;
    font-family: tahoma,sans-serif;
    font-size: 9px;
.two .column .page-notice {
    margin-top: 0.5em;
.two .column p.inline-error {
  display: inline-block;
  margin: 0;

There are a few possibilities on how we can add this CSS to our page. We could of course add this CSS to our site theme’s stylesheet, but that may not be appropriate if we only want this styling to apply to a single page. A better option is to use the CSS file loading features built into the IForm module for Drupal. To do this:

  1. Work out your Indicia page’s node ID. This is Drupal’s unique identifier for this piece of content; remember that as far as Drupal is concerned our Indicia form is just another piece of content. To work out the node ID, I find the easiest approach is to look at the address of the page’s Edit tab in the browser’s address bar. This will contain node/.../edit where the … is the node ID.
  2. Now, create a new text file in the Drupal site’s file system, under the following path: sites/all/modules/iform/client_helpers/prebuilt_forms/css. If that path does not exist, then look for sites/all/libraries/iform/client_helpers/prebuilt_forms/css since the module code can also run from within the libraries folder. My node ID is 2, so I need to name the file node.2.css, because the file is automatically loaded as long as the name follows the node.nid.php convention.
  3. Paste your CSS into this text file and save it.

Now reload your data entry page in Drupal and check that the layout of the first tab has been fixed:

Our postcode attribute has now been added to the form.


If you find yourself wanting to reuse the same piece of CSS on several different Indicia pages, take a look at the Additional CSS files to include option on the Edit tab, under the Other IForm Parameters section.