Re: Inplace Tips for GtkTreeView (#346992)

On 7/18/06, Michael Urman <murman gmail com> wrote:
Hello all.

I've put together a demo-ready patch for a feature I would like to see
available in GTK+, and am looking for guidance on how to proceed. If
it is deemed potentially worth including into GTK+, I am willing to do
the code work to make it production-ready, especially if I can get
some assistance. If there's no chance of it going in, I don't want to
waste my time.

In short the feature pops up a small window that looks like a tooltip
under the cursor when it hovers over a cell that is either partially
concealed by a scrolled window, or has been shortened due to text
ellipsization. Because it is directly under the cursor, unlike a
normal tooltip, button and keyboard events must be relayed to the
underlying treeview. I've used a similar but external python hack and
find I miss it in other apps.

I put a movie demoing this (including current implementation bugs) at in case applying
and finding an app to test the patch is difficult.

I'm looking for the following:
 * Confirmation that it's worth the time to complete the patch, or
confirmation that it would be wasted time.
 * If it's worth the time, pointers to documentation on how to
properly handle reference counting in GTK+ so the code can be made
 * Optionally someone to champion the process of getting this into
GTK+, or someone else who wants to complete the patch.
 * Any comments on how to improve the behavior or the code.

I've gotten only a tepid response in IRC, so I'm trying to figure out
if that's due to disinterest, lack of time, or lack of exposure.

Kris is going to post his new tooltips implementation any day
now -- right, Kris ?

I'd recommend holding off until that happens to see how this
fits together.


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