enter image description hereOK, so there's a Table. And a client who wants a tooltip in that grid. To show 13 additional columns (I am not kidding), and few rows.

Please confirm, that tooltip usually shows a sentence. And a short one at that.

I need to offer an alternative. "More" button? The additional information are basically extra columns, that are just secondary in importance, to the persistent columns.

Thank you for your advice.

  • What is the purpose of the tooltip? It seems like there's 2 things: showing additional columns, and how to make the user aware that there are more. Is that correct? Do you have a mock showing what you want to do?
    – Mike M
    Feb 27, 2019 at 0:01
  • Here @Mike M. User clicks on "Show more" icon, and extra content appears in the grid. First column is sticky. For navigating the rest, I added a horizontal scrollbar; I know that's less than ideal, but IMO, better than tooltip, with 13 columns. Thoughts?
    – Rosebud
    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:19
  • I am struggling with the terminology here. The "grid" is a table and the "tooltips" seem to be buttons. Tooltips are not buttons or links, they are a css-property that triggers a tip that appears: w3schools.com/css/css_tooltip.asp
    – simonlh
    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:28
  • No, no. Client originally wanted tooltips, but that's not an option, in my view. Nobody puts a 13-column table in a tooltip. That's crazy. So, I created an option where there is simple "Show more" button. User clicks that, and 13 extra columns are added to the table. Table=grid, yes.
    – Rosebud
    Feb 27, 2019 at 16:20
  • is it for internal use or is it a web app for customers?
    – Anders
    Feb 28, 2019 at 8:54

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Tooltips show a short explanatory message, definitely not a set of columns. It wouldn't make sanse to display them that way. A show more button that displays the additional columns, as you suggest, would be the best solution. It is also the most natural one.

And a horizontal scoll should not be an issue in this case, since it is a table.

  • It is internal! Thank you so much. I have been struggling with this.
    – Rosebud
    Feb 28, 2019 at 15:22

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