Tooltip for disabled controls

Mario Torre neugens at
Thu Apr 4 07:50:40 PDT 2013

On Thu, 2013-04-04 at 16:21 +0200, Werner Lehmann wrote:
> I have heard about such requests as well (tooltip on disabled control). 
> Personally, I consider this to be very unorthodox. I have never seen 
> this anywhere.
> If it is not obvious why a control is disabled (I am thinking of a 
> button here): keep it enabled and show a message when users click on it 
> but some data is missing (for example). My 2c.
> Rgds
> Werner
> On 04.04.2013 15:34, Pavel Safrata wrote:
> > Thoughts? Ideas?

I also don't agree in enabling tooltip for a disabled components [1],
since this would be just bad design.

I think one possible way to solve this elegantly is to have a small text
in close proximity to the disabled component specifying the action
needed to enable the component.

Nevertheless, even if it's clear that the toolkit should not enforce any
particular habit in UI design, in my opinion it should also try to
address the developer away from clearly wrong or confusing patterns,
especially when supporting those patterns means cluttering the API.

I can't see a reason why a disabled component needs to receive events.

> Do nothing and force users to workarounds like put the disabled 
> control into an enabled Pane and set the tooltip on the Pane. Sounds 
> horrible, especially for complex applications.

I don't think this is horrible. It's just as inelegant as the problem it
tries to solve.


[1] In fact, I'm not much of "drive UI interactions via tooltip" fan,
but anyway.

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