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Re: Feature/Improvement for tooltips

From: Brian Mathis <brian.mathis_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-16 20:05:33 CET

On Nov 16, 2007 1:27 PM, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn@gmail.com> wrote:
> Brian Mathis wrote:
> > I've noticed that when tooltips pop up, they often seem to be in an
> > inappropriate location, and sometimes obscure the text or the field I
> > am trying to type in, or some information that I'm trying to look at
> > in another part of the form. I noticed this when using the
> > repo-browser, but I've also seen it in other places. The main
> > indication of this is that I have to move my mouse away from where I'm
> > typing in order to continue.
> >
> > I think this could be improved with any of the following suggestions:
> > - option to not display tooltips
> If you could read my thoughts now, I'd have to apologize :)

I wish I could read your thoughts, because then I'd know what you seem
to be referring to. I'm not an advocate of adding options for
everything, but tooltips quickly get on the nerves of users who are
familiar with the tool.

> > - even better, the placement of the tooltip should not be so
> > intrusive. It could be anchored to the field that the tip applies to,
> > instead of the mouse pointer, and could be displayed underneath the
> > field, instead of above it. Often you work with a form from top to
> > bottom, to displaying the tip underneath might have less of a chance
> > of obscuring information you are looking at further up the form.
> Can you please be more specific, where exactly the tooltips are not
> centered on the control? Which dialog, which control, which tooltips.
> Stefan

One example is on the Export dialog box. If you place your mouse on
the "Export directory" field, the tooltip comes up where you placed
your mouse (and moves with it), and it covers the URL of the
repository field, depending on where the mouse is. The tooltip is
"The location where the contents of the repository URL will be saved

I also find the tooltips to be in places where the context is already
obvious (making them superfluous), but I understand that may just be
my preference.

I'm on Windows XP SP1 and all patches, with TSVN version 1.4.5 b10425

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