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Bug 7845 - suggestion: link tooltips display linked article description
suggestion: link tooltips display linked article description
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 7278
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
Interwiki links (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-11-08 16:26 UTC by Andre Mason
Modified: 2006-11-09 03:26 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Andre Mason 2006-11-08 16:26:42 UTC
i thought it would be handy to get a basic understanding of an article which you
come across a link for by holding your mouse over the link and having the
tooltip display some of the first part of the article as a tooltip, rather than
just displaying the name of the link as it does now.

that way, because most articles' opening paragraphs sum up the topic very
quickly and generally, when you need to understand the term/concept of the
linked article in order to understand the article you are currently reading, you
could do so very quickly, and you wouldn't have to navigate away, or open a
half-dozen tabs.

i've seen this done on links on certain websites before, from memory it
displayed little ads with links, as the tooltip.

so if i were reading the Rare Earth Hypothesis, i could hold my mouse over the
link to the Fermi Paradox and it would display:

The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the
probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of
evidence for or contact with such civilizations...

as a tooltip. how handy would that be? with all the various linked articles in
scientific articles of that kind it would be a much easier and informative
experiance to get a quick understanding of the terms used. i find myself very
oftern opening up a half-dozen tabs stemming from one topic, when i just wanted
to know their basic meaning and then keep reading.

anyway, just a suggestion. happy coding to ye :)
Comment 1 Rob Church 2006-11-08 16:28:03 UTC
There's a JavaScript-based implementation of this active on the English
Wikipedia; users add it as an include to their custom JavaScript. See for more details.
Comment 2 Andre Mason 2006-11-08 16:32:56 UTC
i see. well i would therefore change this suggestion to having that
functionality built-in to the software.

at least my wish is granted... i'll go check it out, cheers :)
Comment 3 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-11-09 03:26:00 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 7278 ***

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