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Bug 26587 - Show summary of target page in link tooltips
Show summary of target page in link tooltips
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: 27189 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2011-01-05 19:42 UTC by kueikhan
Modified: 2014-05-17 17:09 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description kueikhan 2011-01-05 19:42:42 UTC
Dear All,

This is not actually a bug report, rather an enhancement request.

I think it would be useful to have short descriptions to appear when I move over a link. Now I only see the link word itself. However, there could be the first sentence from the link’s main page instead, to describe the definition, so I wouldn’t have to go to the link to read it.

Thanks in advance.
Comment 1 Platonides 2011-01-05 19:49:33 UTC
Thanks for your enhacemente request (yes, this is the proper place).

That can be done with the popups gadget. I think that's a WONTFIX as a core feature.
Comment 2 Ilmari Karonen 2011-01-05 19:52:24 UTC
Popups is pure JS, though, right?  Something like this could perhaps be useful as an extension.  Just a Simple Matter Of Programming it... :)
Comment 3 Platonides 2011-01-05 19:55:08 UTC
You still need javascript for it to work. And doing some pieces in php will lead you to caching madness™. Making a generic javascript wrapper extension could work, and seems a good idea, but that's a different feature.
Comment 4 Ilmari Karonen 2011-01-05 20:12:16 UTC
Not necessarily, if you just used text-only tooltips.  But I do agree, caching would be an issue.  Not in the sense that it'd be difficult -- just purge all linking pages on every edit -- but in terms of performance.  Still, some wikis might consider the performance hit worth it.  (And it's not like the JS popups don't have performance issues of their own.)
Comment 5 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2011-01-05 20:36:06 UTC
This is a dupe of Bug 503, but it would be nice to bundle that piece of js as an extension, with any wikimedia specific parts removed.
Comment 6 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2011-01-05 20:43:56 UTC
Or alternatively, having an optional version of the gadgets extensions that bundles the really popular gadgets that are widely applicable (like popups)
Comment 7 Happy-melon 2011-01-05 20:47:12 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 503 ***
Comment 8 Ilmari Karonen 2011-01-05 21:48:25 UTC
Reopening, as bug 503 is about a specific JS implementation while the request here is more general.  Meanwhile, here's a very quick proof-of-concept implementation with JS:

You almost certainly won't want to use that code as it is now (v0.1), but it demonstrates that showing page content in tooltips is possible without JS.
Comment 9 Ilmari Karonen 2011-01-05 21:49:18 UTC
...and of course that should say "proof-of-concept implementation withOUT JS". :(
Comment 10 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2011-02-05 23:39:17 UTC
*** Bug 27189 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 efenna 2011-02-07 05:47:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #10)
> *** Bug 27189 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

The current tooltip on mouseover shows the name of the link, but there would be
many instances when a short description would be helpful as well, like a one
sentence summary of a linked article, so that the user doesn't have to go to
the linked article in order to understand what it is.

I envisage that the short description is written on the page being linked to
(the target), and when the link is created on the 'current' page (eg
[[target|alias]] a flag can indicate if the description should show in the
mouseover, eg [[target|alias|hoverdesc]]
Comment 12 Quiddity 2014-05-17 17:09:47 UTC
Hovercards is currently available as a Beta Feature on all wikis.
Please try it out, and give feedback on the talkpage there!

(bug 61167 tracks the deployment status)

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