Documentation for JIRA 4.2. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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To provide online help for a custom field, use HTML or Javascript in the field's description. E.g. you can have a simple link to an external help page:

Or using Javascript, you can have help text right in the field:

where clicking the help icon makes hidden help text appear:

This can be done by entering the following as the field's description:

(Incidentally, Javascript in descriptions can also be used to set field values.)

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