why are there no tooltips on the panel?

Asked by Dan Kortschak on 2012-05-01

Tooltips for indicators give a quick way to get information from indicators that would otherwise clutter the panel - for example the time and weather, network, tm, load etc applets in previous desktops. This functionality now requires, at minimum, that the user click the indicator to pull up a menu that either displays the information (breaking the menu metaphor) or to select an item that will display the information.

I understand that mouseover is not a property that can exist in touch environments, but why do we all have to suffer because of this?

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Best Nekhelesh Ramananthan (nik90) said : #1

I personally think that indicators should have tooltips. Please submit a bug report so that the developers can have a look at it. Or you can discuss in the Unity design mailing list.

Nekhelesh Ramananthan (nik90) said : #2

Dan can you mark this question solved, since a bug report has been opened and further discussion will take place in that report?

Dan Kortschak (dan-kortschak) said : #3

Thanks Nekhelesh Ramananthan, that solved my question.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) said : #4

Unity is not an interface designed for touch screens. And the tooltips’ removal is a design decision independent of that: https://bugs.launchpad.net/indicator-application/+bug/527458

Dan Kortschak (dan-kortschak) said : #5

OK, then it's a dubious (I'd go so far as to say fundamentally broken) design decision - for many of the reason highlighted in the link provided.

Dan Kortschak (dan-kortschak) said : #6

WRT unity's design towards allowing integration of touch interface driven devices, I'll just leave this here http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/820