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Method and Apparatus for Implementing Multiple Levels of Tooltips

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016090D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an invention that provides a way to have multiple levels of tooltips. The user can then choose what level of tooltips they want to have displayed and have all other tooltips hidden from view. The advantage of this invention is not being limited to only having an "on"/'off" choice for the user. The user may need or want to see some of the tooltips but not all of them because they may find all tooltips being "on" to be too cumbersome, inhibiting, and/or annoying. Each tooltip is assigned a priority. In the application, the user selects what level of tooltips to be displayed. If the tooltip's priority is less than or equal to the user's selected level of tooltips, then the tooltip is displayed. If the tooltips priority is higher than the user's selected level, then the tooltip is not displayed. One possible set of levels could be: Priority Tips displayed 0 None None (same as "off") 1 Few Only the most important 2 Some Only Most and Somewhat important 3 Most All except rarely needed 4 All All (same as "on")

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Method and Apparatus for Implementing Multiple Levels of Tooltips

   Disclosed is an invention that provides a way to have multiple levels of tooltips. The user can then choose what level of tooltips they want to have displayed and have all other tooltips hidden from view. The advantage of this invention is not being limited to only having an "on"/'off" choice for the user. The user may need or want to see some of the tooltips but not all of them because they may find all tooltips being "on" to be too cumbersome, inhibiting, and/or annoying.

Each tooltip is assigned a priority. In the application, the user selects what level of tooltips to be displayed. If the tooltip's priority is less than or equal to the user's selected level of tooltips, then the tooltip is displayed. If the tooltips priority is higher than the user's selected level, then the tooltip is not displayed. One possible set of levels could be:

Priority Tips displayed -------------------- --------------------------- 0 None None (same as "off") 1 Few Only the most important 2 Some Only Most and Somewhat important 3 Most All except rarely needed
4 All All (same as "on")

For example, if the user selects level 0, no tooltips will be displayed. If the user selects level 4, all tooltips will be displayed. if the user selects level 2, tooltips marked with priority 0, 1, or 2 will be displayed but tooltips marked with priority 3 and 4 will not. Current systems only have two levels - "on" or "off". This allows t...