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Bug 61585 - new feature request: text balloons for internal links in wikipedia web browsing
new feature request: text balloons for internal links in wikipedia web browsing
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 503
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Unprioritized normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2014-02-20 11:11 UTC by E.Scribbler
Modified: 2014-02-20 18:50 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

illustration of proposed feature (250.60 KB, image/png)
2014-02-20 11:11 UTC, E.Scribbler

Description E.Scribbler 2014-02-20 11:11:05 UTC
Created attachment 14634 [details]
illustration of proposed feature

Feature description
The best idea is just to look at the image I attached under "proposed feature", that explains it best. When viewing Wikipedia in the browser there are internal links to other Wikipedia articles. When the mouse cursor is put on a link the full link address is displayed. This sometimes helps, but not always. I would suggest that when the mouse is placed over a link (but not yet pressed) after a few seconds the first few lines of the linked article would appear like a small tooltip, not necessitating the reader to open that article in a new tab and so saving the reader time.

Specific example / use case
Example: Suppose I am reading the article about Cato the Younger and I see this sentence: 
"A noted orator, he is remembered for his stubbornness and tenacity (especially in his lengthy conflict with Julius Caesar) [...]".

If I don't know who Julius Caesar is but I don't want to open the article, just read a few lines to know the context, I can't. I have to open the article in a new tab. I propose that if I put the mouse over the link Julius Caesar, after a few seconds I would see in a tooltip or a small balloon the first lines of the linked article:
Gaius Julius Caesar[2] (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.lɪ.ʊs ˈkaj.sar],[3] July 100 BC[4] – 15 March 44 BC)[5] was a Roman general, statesman, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose.

This way I don't have to open the article separately and I can move on with my reading.
Here's a visual example.

Proposed feature

(attached image 1)

Existing feature
It is similar to what is done today with links to references where you have a small balloon opening with the full name.

I hope this was clear. I would be happy to clarify with any other information needed.

Thank you and good day!
Comment 1 Bartosz Dziewoński 2014-02-20 11:13:59 UTC
Prateek and Yuvi are working on something very much like this, I think. :)
Comment 2 Bartosz Dziewoński 2014-02-20 11:15:18 UTC
There's some information and mockups (but not a lot :( ) available at and
Comment 4 Bartosz Dziewoński 2014-02-20 18:50:13 UTC
I'll mark this as a dupe of an old outstanding very similar request to keep our Bugzilla clean. Thanks for the suggestion!

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 503 ***

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