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Old 03-12-2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Helpful feature is frustrating

The feature that allows you to read a post by hovering the mouse is a great time saver. It is also totally frustrating that is doesn't last long enough to read the complete highlighted box that pops up. Why? Why does it have to time out? Thanks, Pam
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Old 03-12-2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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Ditto Pam, I've been wondering the same thing. Thanks for asking. joe
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Old 03-12-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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I see about half a sentence. Do you see more? I would be interested in that!

The preview box stays open 6-7 seconds if I freeze the mouse as the preview box opens. If the cursor moves any small distance up or down and it will close.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:38 PM   #4
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I highlight the box and the preview window pops up...then I slowly move the cursor in the popup window and it will stay as long as I read...your mileage may vary I suppose....
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when I hover I see 6-7 lines that last until I move the curser.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:08 PM   #6
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Obviously your mileage varies, since I only get about 6 to 8 words and then the cutoff, sometimes in mid word.... Clarity offered by the web mavens at ASF's?? Help us understand!!!!!!

Feature - great!
Cutoff - not so great

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Old 03-13-2006, 05:45 AM   #7
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How much you see when hovering and how long the text is displayed is strictly a function of the Web browser you use. For example, on my Macs using Safari, I see the entire message that Pam wrote. When I use Firefox, however, I only see the text up to the word "time" followed by ellipses indicating that there is more text that follows.

Also, the text remains on long enough for me to read on both Safari and Firefox as tested on my Macs

If anyone is frustrated by this, perhaps you should address your concern to the supplier of the web browser and the computer's operating system.
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...or just click on the post to read it in it's entirety.

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As the vast majority of us use Internet Explorer, the question is still valid. It is frustrating to read about a sentence of an interesting sounding post only to have it disappear. On clicking and seeing the rest of the post, more often than not the post is directed at a very narrow audience, e.g. owners of 1977 Tradewinds with refrigerators that won't stay lit.

We all could help by using more descriptive subject headings, but it would help equally if the hover time could be extended.
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Cam, et al.

Hover is what is called a "dynamic pseudo class" of links in the syntax of CSS, Cascading Style Sheets, the code that allows developers to create the nice looking web pages that we see with our browsers. Different browsers (IE, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Camino, etc, etc) all handle hover somewhat differently, if they handle it at all.

To the best of my knowledge, hover or the link class itself has no "time" or "duration" attribute. So the complaints that are being raised here are misdirected, if the target is a site administrator or even the provider of the site software application. I personally know the original developer of CSS, who is no longer involved by the way, and doubt that this time issue was ever a consideration when he created CSS many years ago. It certainly hasn't surfaced in any of the subsequent releases of CSS as far as I can tell.
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