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Apr
17
comment Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
I'm designing a graphic environment (not really overcrowed) with competing visual effects. In this environment, my tests show animations while attracting the user's attention, are not good enough to help locate the event source unambiguously. The tooltip arrow works just fine in this case.
Apr
17
comment Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
That's also what I'm fearing. Designers overconfidence that animation would be superior to arrows for source identification. And while it works nice in many situations, there are a few where it clearly doesn't (and which I unluckily bumped into). It might seem like a minor topic, but even this one would require some testing. As you mentioned, allowing optional tooltip arrow display/removal should be the way to go.
Apr
17
awarded  Scholar
Apr
17
accepted Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
Apr
17
comment Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
Think of a calendar view with tooltips attached to each day. In purity, one might consider that a crowded design, but it is absolutely ubiquitous. When hovering over the days, tooltip motion is confusing. Tooltips with arrows work fine here too.
Apr
17
comment Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
Thx for your input. While I can agree to the ideas you expose, there are many different scenarios where this assumptions are not meet. In my design I use tooltips (among other techniques) to draw attention to events in different areas of the screen, not as a reaction to a user action.
Apr
5
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
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awarded  Yearling
Apr
1
comment Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
@Midas Nope. it's the prominent triangular 'tail' that points towards the element that originated the tooltip. Check this example form a jquery plugin
Dec
10
asked Arrowless tooltip: Usability?
Dec
14
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
21
revised Show progress as percentage or as absolute numbers?
Adjusted percentage to example in question
Nov
21
awarded  Commentator
Nov
21
comment Show progress as percentage or as absolute numbers?
@Thor84no. Sorry about the percentage. What a slip. I'll fix it later.
Nov
21
comment Show progress as percentage or as absolute numbers?
@jvannistelrooy, while it is true there is a certain redundancy in having both, doing so can also be useful in certain situations specially for people with low numeracy.
Nov
20
answered Show progress as percentage or as absolute numbers?
Sep
11
awarded  Teacher
Sep
11
answered Does flat design reduce affordance of actionable objects?
Sep
11
comment Does flat design reduce affordance of actionable objects?
I think @Jhz832 presents a reasonable hypothesis and is trying to find evidence to validate it. His post, despite his initial wording, adheres to the scientific method. I believe that these kind of discussions should always be embraced at a site like this.
Jan
10
comment When and why should date pickers be used?
An example of what @ColdCat says