Last modified: 2012-04-16 09:16:00 UTC
When reading an article on wikipedia one mostly comes across terms which he has never heard of. At that time it is more necessary to keep reading on the article just by knowing the partial meaning of the term.
Currently, I click the hyperlink to the bigger article describing the term, read its introduction and come back. This is a big effort on my side IF I AM OFTEN BUMPING INTO UNKNOWN TERMS.
A SOLUTION to this could be a pop-up which has the introduction part of the article to which the hyperlink points. The pop-up would fire only if there is mouseOver for more than half or one second over the hyperlink. It would give the user a chance to keep his attention on the main article as well as explain the term to him.
Along with the pop-up we can have three more options:
- If user clicks on the hyperlink, go to the article (obvious)
- The user can add this article to a readQueue so that after he has finished reading the main article he can go on and understand the finer details of the terms just read in brief.
- hit 'Esc' key or hover mouse away to remove the pop-up.
- Higher attention to the main article being read
- More organized discovery of a new field. Let's say I'm a computer science student exploring Acturial Science, so it'll be easier for me to get brief definitions right now and add articles to my queue to read later on.
- A functionality which lets you decide the next article you want to read.
Can be session (cookie) based and/or account based (persistence accross sessions)
If you have used Eclipse or NetBeans then you tend to get pop-ups for classes and functions documentation when you hover above the code ( or press 'F2') which lets you concentrate more on the current context rather than going into the definition of the function or class.
You realise there is a Gadget/user side JS to do this?
No, I have no idea, can you please provide me with the name of the gadget and how to add it?
(In reply to comment #2)
> No, I have no idea, can you please provide me with the name of the gadget and
> how to add it?
Its called Lupin's navigational popups. Go to the page [[special:preferences]]. Its under the "gadgets" tab.(You have to be logged in).
(bug 503 is a request to include that in an extension and/or core)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 503 ***