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Louise Penberthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Louise Penberthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 15 Apr 1999 15:16:13 -0400
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Using tool tips will work as long as the definitions are not too long.  Tool
tips don't stay up for long.

-- Louise

"Hersh, Harry" wrote:

> Hi Hal,
>
> How about using tooltip type pop-up for the definition. That way, the user
> does not lose context, which is the main problem with flipping to another
> page, or jumping to the bottom.
>
> Harry Hersh
> Harry M. Hersh, Ph. D.                   Fidelity Investments, Human
> Interface Design Group
> Email: [log in to unmask]          Mail: 82 Devonshire St., MZ V9B
> Voice: 617-563-4532                      Office: 245 Summer Street, 9th
> floor
> Fax: 617-476-9441                         Boston, MA 02109-3614
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Hal Shubin [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Thursday, April 15, 1999 11:18 AM
> > To:   [log in to unmask]
> > Subject:      Glossaries
> >
> > I'm working on an application for users who might be naive about the terms
> > involved. I want to provide definitions, but want to limit page
> > transitions.
> >
> > I've thought about
> >
> > = putting definitions of common terms at the bottom of each page. There
> > could be an icon next to terms; clicking it would jump to the bottom, like
> > a footnote.
> >
> > = having a separate glossary page,
> >
> > = having small icons next to each term to request a definition. I don't
> > want to use a popup window, because of all the usual problems. I've
> > thought
> > about having the page be redisplayed when the link is clicked. In the
> > updated page, the icon would be replaced by a brief definition, including
> > a
> > link for more information. (Of course, this would alter the page layout,
> > especially if it turned on *all* definitions. That could make it hard to
> > remember what's going on.
> >
> > = and other stuff...
> >
> >
> > Anyone have any experience with defining terms?
> >
> > thanks                                  -- hs
> >
> > Hal Shubin, Interaction Design, Inc.
> > http://www.user.com
> > 617 489 6595 voice, 617 489 7395 fax

--
Louise Penberthy
Baltimore, MD  U.S.A.
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