GtkTooltips

GtkTooltips — Add tips to your widgets

Synopsis


#include <gtk/gtk.h>


                    GtkTooltips;
                    GtkTooltipsData;
GtkTooltips*        gtk_tooltips_new                    (void);
void                gtk_tooltips_enable                 (GtkTooltips *tooltips);
void                gtk_tooltips_disable                (GtkTooltips *tooltips);
void                gtk_tooltips_set_delay              (GtkTooltips *tooltips,
                                                         guint delay);
void                gtk_tooltips_set_tip                (GtkTooltips *tooltips,
                                                         GtkWidget *widget,
                                                         const gchar *tip_text,
                                                         const gchar *tip_private);
GtkTooltipsData*    gtk_tooltips_data_get               (GtkWidget *widget);
void                gtk_tooltips_force_window           (GtkTooltips *tooltips);
gboolean            gtk_tooltips_get_info_from_tip_window
                                                        (GtkWindow *tip_window,
                                                         GtkTooltips **tooltips,
                                                         GtkWidget **current_widget);


Object Hierarchy


  GObject
   +----GInitiallyUnowned
         +----GtkObject
               +----GtkTooltips

Description

Tooltips are the messages that appear next to a widget when the mouse pointer is held over it for a short amount of time. They are especially helpful for adding more verbose descriptions of things such as buttons in a toolbar.

An individual tooltip belongs to a group of tooltips. A group is created with a call to gtk_tooltips_new(). Every tooltip in the group can then be turned off with a call to gtk_tooltips_disable() and enabled with gtk_tooltips_enable().

The length of time the user must keep the mouse over a widget before the tip is shown, can be altered with gtk_tooltips_set_delay(). This is set on a 'per group of tooltips' basis.

To assign a tip to a particular GtkWidget, gtk_tooltips_set_tip() is used.

Note

Tooltips can only be set on widgets which have their own X window and receive enter and leave events. To check if a widget has its own window use GTK_WIDGET_NO_WINDOW(). To add a tooltip to a widget that doesn't have its own window, place the widget inside a GtkEventBox and add a tooltip to that instead.

The default appearance of all tooltips in a program is determined by the current GTK+ theme that the user has selected.

Information about the tooltip (if any) associated with an arbitrary widget can be retrieved using gtk_tooltips_data_get().

Example 55. Adding tooltips to buttons.

   GtkWidget *load_button, *save_button, *hbox;
   GtkTooltips *button_bar_tips;
   
   button_bar_tips = gtk_tooltips_new ();
   
   /* Create the buttons and pack them into a GtkHBox */
   hbox = gtk_hbox_new (TRUE, 2);
   
   load_button = gtk_button_new_with_label ("Load a file");
   gtk_box_pack_start (GTK_BOX (hbox), load_button, TRUE, TRUE, 2);
   gtk_widget_show (load_button);
   
   save_button = gtk_button_new_with_label ("Save a file");
   gtk_box_pack_start (GTK_BOX (hbox), save_button, TRUE, TRUE, 2);
   gtk_widget_show (save_button);
   gtk_widget_show (hbox);
   
   /* Add the tips */
   gtk_tooltips_set_tip (GTK_TOOLTIPS (button_bar_tips), load_button,
				 "Load a new document into this window",
				 "Requests the filename of a document.
				  This will then be loaded into the current
				  window, replacing the contents of whatever
				  is already loaded.");
   gtk_tooltips_set_tip (GTK_TOOLTIPS (button_bar_tips), save_button,
				 "Saves the current document to a file",
				 "If you have saved the document previously,
				  then the new version will be saved over the
				  old one. Otherwise, you will be prompted for
				  a filename."); 


Details

GtkTooltips

typedef struct _GtkTooltips GtkTooltips;

Warning

GtkTooltips is deprecated and should not be used in newly-written code.

Holds information about a group of tooltips. Fields should be changed using the functions provided, rather than directly accessing the struct's members.


GtkTooltipsData

typedef struct {
  GtkTooltips *tooltips;
  GtkWidget *widget;
  gchar *tip_text;
  gchar *tip_private;
} GtkTooltipsData;

Warning

GtkTooltipsData has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

tooltips is the GtkTooltips group that this tooltip belongs to. widget is the GtkWidget that this tooltip data is associated with. tip_text is a string containing the tooltip message itself.

tip_private is a string that is not shown as the default tooltip. Instead, this message may be more informative and go towards forming a context-sensitive help system for your application. (FIXME: how to actually "switch on" private tips?)


gtk_tooltips_new ()

GtkTooltips*        gtk_tooltips_new                    (void);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_new has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Creates an empty group of tooltips. This function initialises a GtkTooltips structure. Without at least one such structure, you can not add tips to your application.

Returns :

a new GtkTooltips group for you to use.

gtk_tooltips_enable ()

void                gtk_tooltips_enable                 (GtkTooltips *tooltips);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_enable has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Allows the user to see your tooltips as they navigate your application.

tooltips :

a GtkTooltips.

gtk_tooltips_disable ()

void                gtk_tooltips_disable                (GtkTooltips *tooltips);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_disable has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Causes all tooltips in tooltips to become inactive. Any widgets that have tips associated with that group will no longer display their tips until they are enabled again with gtk_tooltips_enable().

tooltips :

a GtkTooltips.

gtk_tooltips_set_delay ()

void                gtk_tooltips_set_delay              (GtkTooltips *tooltips,
                                                         guint delay);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_set_delay has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Sets the time between the user moving the mouse over a widget and the widget's tooltip appearing.

tooltips :

a GtkTooltips.

delay :

an integer value representing milliseconds.

gtk_tooltips_set_tip ()

void                gtk_tooltips_set_tip                (GtkTooltips *tooltips,
                                                         GtkWidget *widget,
                                                         const gchar *tip_text,
                                                         const gchar *tip_private);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_set_tip has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Adds a tooltip containing the message tip_text to the specified GtkWidget.

tooltips :

a GtkTooltips.

widget :

the GtkWidget you wish to associate the tip with.

tip_text :

a string containing the tip itself.

tip_private :

a string of any further information that may be useful if the user gets stuck.

gtk_tooltips_data_get ()

GtkTooltipsData*    gtk_tooltips_data_get               (GtkWidget *widget);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_data_get has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Retrieves any GtkTooltipsData previously associated with the given widget.

widget :

a GtkWidget.

Returns :

a GtkTooltipsData struct, or NULL if the widget has no tooltip.

gtk_tooltips_force_window ()

void                gtk_tooltips_force_window           (GtkTooltips *tooltips);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_force_window has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Ensures that the window used for displaying the given tooltips is created.

Applications should never have to call this function, since GTK+ takes care of this.

tooltips :

a GtkToolTips

gtk_tooltips_get_info_from_tip_window ()

gboolean            gtk_tooltips_get_info_from_tip_window
                                                        (GtkWindow *tip_window,
                                                         GtkTooltips **tooltips,
                                                         GtkWidget **current_widget);

Warning

gtk_tooltips_get_info_from_tip_window has been deprecated since version 2.12 and should not be used in newly-written code.

Determines the tooltips and the widget they belong to from the window in which they are displayed.

This function is mostly intended for use by accessibility technologies; applications should have little use for it.

tip_window :

a GtkWindow

tooltips :

the return location for the tooltips which are displayed in tip_window, or NULL

current_widget :

the return location for the widget whose tooltips are displayed, or NULL

Returns :

TRUE if tip_window is displaying tooltips, otherwise FALSE.

Since 2.4

See Also

GtkToolbar

Create groups of widgets with their own tooltips.

GtkTipsQuery

Query tooltips to create context-sensitive help.