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Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

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    Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

    I had my first encounter with an Ipad yesterday and pulled up my app on Safari there. I realized that there is probably not a way to hover over a field that has some bubble text. Is that correct? Does Ipad have some action that acts like a hover or a mouse over?
    Carol King
    Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)

    Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

    Carol King
    Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)


      Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

      There is no corollary for mouse over or hover on iOS devices.

      I suppose you could write a custom event handler for touch start / touch end to simulate a hover/mouseover event but it would be tricky and non-standard.
      Last edited by Bob Moore; 10-25-2011, 10:25 AM.
      Bob Moore


        Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

        Thanks so much, Bob. I think I should just keep in mind that bubble text will not show up on an Ipad. My home builders are starting to use Ipads more and more out in the field and will definitely be using my app on them... Darn. Bubble help is so handy. Oh well.
        Carol King
        Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)


          Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

          Just did quick Google search and found this developer showing what Bob is referring to.

          I think I'll leave it all alone for now, finish developing my logic, and hope to hire someone in the future to take my app to better Ipad (or mobile) readiness.
          Carol King
          Developer of Custom Homebuilders' Solutions (CHS)


            Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

            Watermarks may help here, but are not as good as bubble help. I put an idea into ideascale about having bubble help default to something other then mouseover when using a tablet or smartphone. I would think there is a way to access the bubble help and tie it to another event.


              Re: Will bubble text show up on Ipad?

              Out of curiosity, I did some more research on this today and found that on iOS, Mobile Safari will fire a mouseover event.


              As documented, a single tap on a clickable element should fire the mouseover event. A second tap on the clickable element will then fire the click event. This would assume that there are not native touch handlers on the element, which is not always the correct assumption. For example, in the Image Gallery Component, if we sense that we are on a mobile device, we do not include a click handler, we include a touch handler because it responds faster.

              Hover events are a behavior that most users do not expect on a mobile device and thus not the best implementation for a native mobile experience.
              Bob Moore