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SVG 1.2 13.1 tooltips

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 00:45:32 -0000
To: www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <bf2773$jvh$1@main.gmane.org>

Hi,

I thought I'd start it off with a simple one, which I'm sure the SVG WG
predicted.

Tooltips, I'm unhappy with the current syntax, since it does not provide a
mechanism to have a tooltip which is not a title for the element, for
example, I may want to provide some instructional text, rather than a title
appearing on tooltip, for example perhaps a "click me to see my dance"
advice on a cartoon bear, the title for the bear element would be "Dancing
Bear" or something, but that's not what I want to see.

It would not be semantically correct, or desirable, to use the title element
for the advisory text (some people may use the title element for the wrong
purpose to achieve this effect).

To resolve this, I would have 1 of 2 methods:

A HINT element, which would be exactly like the TITLE element but contain
hints :-)

<g id="bear">
 <title>Dancing Bear</title>
 <hint>Click me to see me dance</hint>
 ...
</g>

or I would like a tooltip-ref attribute which was a pointer to the text to
use (like tref) so you'd get:

<g id="bear" tooltip-ref="#titleel">
 <title>Dancing Bear</title>
 <hint xmlns:"urn:foo" id="titleel">Click me to see me dance</hint>
 ...
</g>

I prefer the 2nd one, since the default behaviour could be exactly as
currently specified in the draft, but for those of us who want to popup
instructions or things other than the title, we can easily do it.

Cheers,

Jim.
Received on Tuesday, 15 July 2003 20:46:24 GMT

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