Re: "What's this"
- From: Michael ROGERS <M Rogers cs ucl ac uk>
- To: wm-spec-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: "What's this"
- Date: Sat, 05 May 2001 16:34:18 +0100
>Seems likely that's not really an issue the protocol would need to
>address - there would be some way to say "enter whatsthis mode" and
>the window manager or panel or whatever could provide a button that
How about this:
When the help button is pressed, the help client (could be the WM or a
panel applet) grabs the pointer and installs a ? cursor. When the user
clicks on an item, the help client sends a client message to the clicked
window and releases the pointer. Clients that don't understand the
message will ignore it; clients that understand it can display help.
This could be a top-level help window, or one of those popup
explanations that Windows uses, which don't disappear until you click on
something. (Grab the pointer and use redirect override on the tooltip
This mechanism could be tied into the existing KDE help system (Qt would
detect the client messages and invoke the existing mechanism), so a
panel applet or WM could trigger the context-sensitive help attached to
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