User story #1769
PI appearance : description of fields in real page instead of tooltips
|Category:||Web - UI & UX|
I am very confused with the description of fields in :hover tooltips.
I would prefer to have the description written in tiny characters below the field and its description.
One reason is: you can then have a better overview of all options and what they mean, without moving the mouse on every field.
One other reason is: it can generate errors: if you don't see the description, you will miss some important piece of information about the way you should fill in the field
Another reason: :hover is dead, please avoid it, it doesn't work on tablets and all of these touchscreen devices where you have no mouse. And this is the future.
Another reason: nobody ever looks at :hover stuff, the browser often stop to show the tooltip after a few second, you must move the mouse and try to get the tooltip again...
And the fully personal reason : I don't like it, i am disturbed by it, and fail to justify it accurately. I try to draw the line between my personal taste and some really functional need, but i'm not sure.
ncharles says : descriptions are often too long. I would say : tooltips are not appropriate for long texts (because of the display delay of the browser)
#1 Updated by Nicolas CHARLES about 4 years ago
Tiny characters are hard to read. But we have some space on the right. We could have some text filling up this place when are selecting the input/select/radio, and the text would be the description of the currently selected item ? (i'm not sure, just trying to see a solution)