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Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 5 months ago

#32638 new enhancement

Add hovertext option to link tool in the visual editor

Reported by: gessel Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.2
Component: Editor Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:
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Description

Ticket 28206 describes a process by which the link editor was stripped of the hovertext field.

Hovertext is a very useful part of the internet, something anyone putting data on the internet should learn to use. One of the best examples is XKCD, but it is also considered by web spiders and is a nice way to insert parenthetic comments about a link.

I don't think functionality should be removed to dumb down the interface for inexperienced users. It is better to layer the interface if necessary or add some simple illustration (as crudely attached) to teach the less experienced users about the feature so that they become more expert. Removing the feature penalizes experienced users immediately and penalizes inexperienced users over time.

The level of discourse reaching through an interface simply cannot be limited to that which would be suitable for a sandbox.

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hovertext_example_illustration.png (17.4 KB) - added by gessel 4 years ago.
Hovertext example illustration to provide clarifiation for novice users.

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Change History (4)

@gessel
4 years ago

Hovertext example illustration to provide clarifiation for novice users.

#1 @iseulde
4 years ago

  • Keywords hovertext visual editor link removed
  • Type changed from feature request to enhancement
  • Version changed from trunk to 4.2

#2 @gessel
4 years ago

As I think about this, I realize that I found myself editing the anchortext of my prose expecting to add hovertext in the dialog because it doesn't occur to me that I'd edit the text of my prose itself in a disconnected dialog isolated from the sentence. Perhaps others are different, but I expect it is unusual that people make any edit at all to the anchor text. I'd argue the dialog should not even enable editing of the anchortext, which should be edited in context, in the prose of the page itself.

The dialog could show a few words grayed out (or otherwise de-emphasized) before and after the selected anchortext, the anchortext highlighted (probably according to the template CSS), have a field to either paste in a URL or possibly click to navigate to one, and a field marked optional for hovertext, perhaps with a one line description along the lines of "Optional: add hovertext that appears in a thought bubble when the mouse pointer hovers over this link."

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