Mouse-over (i.e. pointer hover) gestures in browser

asked 2014-04-16 17:41:12 +0300

00prometheus gravatar image

updated 2014-04-17 05:28:58 +0300

Websites sometimes show a text info, open a menu, or perform other actions when just placing the mouse pointer over some place, even without clicking. The N900 browser had a button that allowed you to change to "pointer mode", where swipes move a cursor instead of scrolling, so that you could do mouse-over actions. I would like some sort of interface to allow me to perform mouse-over gestures. Without it, some websites are not fully useable, for example XKCD has tooltips on each strip that are seen only by mouse-over.

How should a gesture to do this work? Please make some Answers with ideas on how to enable mouse-over gestures!

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The Microb mouse pointer icon is one of those N900 features... I have never seen anything better. Also the browsing history. If Jolla could implement them, this would be more than great. But I can't imagine how - as the gestures are already used.

Maettu ( 2014-04-16 19:32:57 +0300 )edit

Well we would have to choose new gestures :-) The question is just: Which ones should we try? Any suggestion?

00prometheus ( 2014-04-16 23:11:45 +0300 )edit

the zero - grow - motion whose had been used for zooming in N900?

Maettu ( 2014-04-17 06:18:08 +0300 )edit

I'm not sure should this be a gesture, or simply long press on mouse over link => open menu like it would when mouse is over it. That's the way Android Browser seems yo do it. So with mouse over link, long press shouldn't bring up typical menu "open link, open link in new tab, share, copy to clipboard", but instead just open the sub menu to the page.

For example you can open sub menus with Android browser, from this site:

but not with Jolla browser, and sure same goes to other sites as well.

huuhaa ( 2015-04-23 11:17:42 +0300 )edit