GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 755241
[touchscreen devices] tooltips don't work on touch devices
Last modified: 2016-06-02 13:24:31 UTC
Currently users of touchscreen devices can't use tooltips. This issue is intended as a starting point for discussions.
1. deprecate and remove tooltips from gtk
Pros: simple, platform-independent solution
Cons: user experience on desktop/laptop gets worse. Tooltips are actually useful on these platforms, especially for new users
2. keep the current status
Cons: Users of touchscreen devices don't get any useful help from tooltips.
3. add a feature to make tooltips available to touch screen users
A first step would be to add a hint to developers to GtkTooltip's documentation that some devices don't have tooltips and may never get tooltips.
There's no need to deprecate or even remove tooltips. They are simply not a UI pattern that works well with touch. But that is true of many other things.
(In reply to Matthias Clasen from comment #1)
> There's no need to deprecate or even remove tooltips. They are simply not a
> UI pattern that works well with touch. But that is true of many other things.
Should this just be resolved WONTFIX?
There doesn't seem to be anything that needs to be done in GTK+.