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Bubble Help For Web Pages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123152D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

We would add a new tag to the HTML language to define a bubble help action. The mouse pointer stays motionless over the bubble help help anchor for a few seconds, a small window is displayed containing the bubble help definition. The window disappears when the user moves the mouse away from the anchor.

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Bubble Help For Web Pages

   We would add a new tag to the HTML language to define a
bubble help action.  The mouse pointer stays motionless over the
bubble help help anchor for a few seconds, a small window is
displayed containing the bubble help definition.  The window
disappears when the user moves the mouse away from the anchor.

   This would work quite nicely for documentation that comes
in the form of web pages.  Words of interest would be tagged.  When
the mouse lingered over these highlighted words text which is
included with the tag would be displayed.  This would allow
footnotes, definitions, and citing reference works to be displayed
without the user having to scroll to the end of the document.

   The syntax for the new tag would be:
  <bh"definition to bubble">text to highlight</bh>.

   Where "text to highlight" could be text or a link to
another page.  The link to another page would be useful for
describing what you would see if you click on this link.