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How to Implement "MicroHelp"?

 
marc bowden
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Hi
In a swing frontend, each time a user enters a visual component
- eg a jtextfield - I would like to display a help line at the
bottom of the pane/frame/applet or whatever.
Can anyone suggest a good way of doing this. At the moment I
am thinking of each inheriting from their component type and
building in a listener which thru a focus gain event will
set the help text within the component. I am not sure how
to set it, in a generic way, in the visible help line.
Any better ideas, please?
Marc
 
Ana Mihailescu
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What do you say about some tool tips ?
:-)
 
marc bowden
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Hi Ana
No, tooltips aren't appropriate as some of the help text will
be 10-15 words.
Marc
 
Nathan Pruett
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If you want to do it the way you described, the easiest thing to do would be to make a mouse listener, and test if the mouse was over a specified component, and then set the text in a textbox in the bottom of the screen or whereever.

Another suggestion is to still use tooltips, but only enable them if the user has a "Help" button depressed on the toolbar or something... I have seen other programs that do context sensetive help this way...

HTH,
-Nate
 
John Zukowski
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Use tooltips, but change the tool tip renderer to display in the status line.
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John Zukowski Author of "Definitive Guide to Swing for Java 2" and "Java Collections"
 
marc bowden
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Originally posted by John Zukowski:
Use tooltips, but change the tool tip renderer to display in the status line.

Hi John
Thanks. Could you tell me how to do this please?
Marc
 
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