control display of toolTips

Steve Messimer steve at messimercomputing.com
Mon Sep 9 14:02:01 CDT 2002


Ben,

Ive done this in a limited way. Here's the general approach I use.

Lets say you wanted the border property of a btn to indicate a certain state
and you wanted to have the button display a different tooltip for each
state.

Create a button and set its 3D property to false


first write a handler that changes the borderColor of the button based upon
some condition.
 

on mouseUp
  answer "Pick a color ..." with "Blue" or "Red" or "Green"

-- rather than a answer dialog you might want the button to check the states
-- of certain custom Props that might have been set by some user action , or
-- you might want to check some parameter that was passed from another
-- handler etc.
  if it is "Blue" then
    set the borderColor of me to "Blue"
  else if it is "Red" then
    set the borderColor of me to "Red"
  else if it is "Green" then
    set the borderColor of me to "Green"
  end if
end mouseUp
 
now write a handler that looks at the color of the button's border
   
on mouseEnter
  switch (the borderColor of me)
  case "blue"
    put "This is the 'Blue' toolTip." into ttText
    set the toolTip of me to ttText
    break
  case "red"
    put "This is the 'Red' toolTip." into ttText
    set the toolTip of me to ttText
    break
  case "green"
    put "this is the 'Green' toolTip" into ttText
    set the toolTip of me to ttText
    break
  end switch
end mouseEnter

There are probably many permutations of this.  Hope this helps.

Steve

Stephen R. Messimer
Messimer Computing, Inc
208 1st Ave South
Escanaba, MI 49829
www.messimercomputing.com





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