Hi briank, and welcome to Tiki Community
To me, these looks like 2 feature requests (or usability bug fixes
I would suggest that you add 2 wishes for them to the tracker in:
And even better if you can offer some money for the (busy) developers who might code it for you when they have some time (some coders live on their professional work in Tiki, and they have some logical priorities on the paid work related to wishes).
Cheers, and HTH
Xavi (former user of that tracker field type)