tool tip dwell time

  • Hi:

    I have fairly large tool tip text items (text is anywhere from 300 -
    1500 characters long) associated with a group of 15 different
    checkboxes in my interface. Each checkbox is used to enable a type of
    test to conduct.

    My question centers on this: Given the amount of time it may takes to
    read these tool tips, they often disappear prior to completing the
    reading of the tool tip.

    Is there any way to change the dwell time of the tool tips? Is it
    even desirable to do so?

    Thanks.

    Chris
  • On Jan 15, 2008, at 2:47 PM, Chris Heimark wrote:

    > Hi:
    >
    > I have fairly large tool tip text items (text is anywhere from 300 -
    > 1500 characters long) associated with a group of 15 different
    > checkboxes in my interface. Each checkbox is used to enable a type
    > of test to conduct.
    >
    > My question centers on this: Given the amount of time it may takes
    > to read these tool tips, they often disappear prior to completing
    > the reading of the tool tip.
    >
    > Is there any way to change the dwell time of the tool tips? Is it
    > even desirable to do so?

    Due to the quantity of text, you probably should look at a different
    mechanism for showing all that detail.  Tool tip content is really
    designed for terse info.  Perhaps put up a text field and update its
    content via tracking rectangles.

    Or, put the content in a separate window (HUD style perhaps if on
    Leopard).  Over time, your users will probably remember what each
    checkbox does, so being able to show/hide the optional info window may
    be a good idea.

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