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Re: new website & IRC bot

From: Julian Foad <julian.foad_at_wandisco.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:43:04 +0000

Alan Barrett wrote:
> On Mon, 08 Feb 2010, Mark Phippard wrote:
> > > I hoped these 'tooltips' disappear after the move, but they didn't...
> > > They're so awfully distracting [...]
>
> Yes, they are horrid.
>
> > I am curious why you find them distracting. Are you using a browser
> > setting that makes them prominent? I never even see them unless I
> > hover my mouse for a while.
>
> I suppose that I also see them only when I hover my mouse for a while.
> The problem is that my mouse is always in the browser window while I am
> reading, and the mouse is almost always stationary. That translates
> to: the mouse is almost always hovering over something in the window.
[...]

I think we have consensus that we don't like the "title" attribute being
applied to ordinary paragraphs (by way of the <div>).

So what instead?

* Just remove the title attributes.

* Put the title attribute on the first heading within the <div> instead
of on the <div> itself. (One div can have multiple section headings in
it. Is it still useful in that case? Yes, I think so, because our
section headings ought to align with our divs if we think these ids are
useful.)

* A very neat solution: a little "link to this section" symbol after
each heading. I saw a web site that provided links to the individual
section headings by popping up a little symbol (the paragraph marker
symbol which looks like a P with a double-stroked vertical line) just at
the end of the section heading text, only when the mouse hovered over
the heading text. The symbol was a link to the full URL of that section,
so it could be copied, plus a "title" attribute of some kind.

That makes sending someone a link even easier than the current "title"
attribute. Unfortunately I forget where I saw it. It was a site full of
high-quality, structured documentation. It may have used Javascript for
this effect but I don't know - maybe it's possible with a style sheet.

Anyone fancy having a go at that? Or finding a site that does that, so
we can copy it?

- Julian
Received on 2010-02-09 14:43:48 CET

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