Re: Tooltips

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Well, I hear tooltips sometimes. Certainly NVDA can beset to read them in the settings. Since you cannot prove a negative its hard to say without sighted help but on some things when highlighted by tabbing to them I hear a description as is supposed to be in the tooltip, on others I do not. Same with Jaws. Similar issues with windows 7 balloons etc too.

For a definitive answer though you will need somebody who works with the nvda code. I have my suspicions that some objects use a different method to generate the tips.

Its a bit like the extra details some folders in explore seem to reveal making it found like a file name is read twice, the second time with other data appended.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Vlad Dragomir" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2018 3:48 PM
Subject: [nvda] Tooltips

Good afternoon,

Friends, this might seem odd to some and obvious to others, so I feel I should apologise in advance for what follows.

I've just learnt about the existance of tooltips. If I understand well, they are messages displayed when someone points the mouse at certain elements on a web page, without clicking on them. If possible, I would be curious to know the folowing:
1. How can we know if, and where these tooltips are present? Does NVDA anounces them? If so, what does it say?I don't remember hearing such information so far, and I've been using it for quite a while.
2. How can we read those tooltips, given that we rarely use the mouse? At least I never do that, even though I know about mouse simulation; I never have the reflex to actually use that function. I am getting old I suppose.

I thank in advance all those who will enlighten me on this topic.

Warm regards from France,


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