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Bug 668439 - Create help text object property
Create help text object property
Product: atk
Classification: Platform
Component: atk
git master
Other All
: Normal enhancement
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Assigned To: ATK maintainer(s)
ATK maintainer(s)
Depends on:
Blocks: 638537
Reported: 2012-01-22 15:41 UTC by Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie)
Modified: 2021-06-10 11:27 UTC
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Description Joanmarie Diggs (IRC: joanie) 2012-01-22 15:41:07 UTC
AtkObjects can have a name and a description. There is arguably a third type of property about an object, namely help text.

As an example, consider the search widget in Evolution:

* 'Search:' (text on the left, should be the name)
* 'Subject or Addresses contain (placeholder text, should be the description)

Now imagine there is a tooltip associated with this widget that gives more detailed information about what the user should (or should not) type in that widget. How do we expose this to ATs? Also, what if there is helpful text that is not a tooltip (e.g. information which can be displayed after having clicked on some question mark somewhere and then giving focus to the widget)?

I think it would be helpful, no pun intended, if there were a way to have this information exposed by toolkits to ATs -- and do so without stomping on the description.
Comment 1 André Klapper 2021-06-10 11:27:32 UTC
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