RE: Misc: A warning to neologizers

Subject: RE: Misc: A warning to neologizers
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "voxwoman" <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 10:55:40 -0400

Voxwoman said:

> > Hovertext?
> > OMG, I thought that was tooltips.

> >But seriously, my /w/e/a/p/o/n/ browser of choice (Firefox) truncates
> > the hovertext on most of those cartoons, while the despised MSIE
> > displays the whole thing.

> Upgrade to FF3. That displays all the "alt" text (I call it that
> that's where it goes in the IMG tag). I like "hovertext" better than
> text. To me, a tooltip is the hover text for a GUI tool (or the end of
> screwdriver or a pair of pliers).

I was just riffing on what-we-do - you know, techwriting, help, etc.
Thus the tooltip slant, as opposed to what a general audience would
think of first.

Kevin makes a whooshing sound as he swipes his hand front-to-back just
above his crewcut.
(Then he ducks, runs and hides. :-)

Come to think of it, I've got FF3 on one PC and FF2.x on another
explicitly to reveal differences in how web and help stuff is presented.
Silly me.

- Kevin

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