One event I cannot seem to wrap my mind around is "mousestop" (for plugin details click here). These are some of my conceptual difficulties:
- If a user is curious about an element on the page, mouseover/mouseenter is sufficient (e.g., tooltip appears)
- When using the jQuery UI draggable() function, stopping drag is captured with the "dragstop" event...no need for mousestop
- A user's "mousestop" may only have mundane motives, such as the mouse stopping on a matched element by chance as the user goes to get a snack, etc.
Two examples of scenarios where it seems possible to make use of this event:
- A user stops on an element, unsure of what to do next. The designer is aware of this UI/UX issue with the site, and as a stopgap solution, uses "mousestop" to help prompt the user on what to do next
- A user is playing a game which requires mouse movements. A "mousestop" event occurs as the user/gameplayer pauses to plan his/her next movement/strategy. If the user is close to a personal best or high score, the mousestop informs the user with a modal dialog box that he/she is approaching his/her high score.
Though I think these latter 2 scenarios are not silly, I wonder if they would be deemed valuable enough to even produce code for, or if yes, some other event wouldn't be just as plausible of a trigger. In scenario 2 for example, on the event that triggers scoring (say a "drop" event of a draggable() element):
if (high_score - current_score < 100) alert('You are less than 100 points from your high score!');
Does anyone have any suggestions about how mousestop could be useful? Thanks!