Link hover in location bar: time out in 5-15s back to the idle state

RESOLVED INVALID

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defect
RESOLVED INVALID
9 years ago
8 years ago

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(Reporter: sparky, Unassigned)

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Trunk
Points:
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Dependency tree / graph

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Description

9 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100915 Firefox/4.0b7pre
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100915 Firefox/4.0b7pre

This is from Bug 587908 Comment 43

If you:
* Stop mousing and your cursor is over a link
* Load a page and your cursor happens to e over a link
* Give a link keyboard focus

The target URL will remain in the location bar indefinately. After 5 to 15 seconds, the target URL should be hidden. It'd be nice if this delay were user configurable (or at least easily modified by an extension), but not necessary.

Also, once the target is hidden again, moving the cursor should not immediately show the hovered link again.

Reproducible: Always
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Updated

9 years ago
Blocks: 587908
Depends on: 596917
Version: unspecified → Trunk

Updated

9 years ago
Depends on: 596678
No longer depends on: 596917

Updated

9 years ago
Summary: idle state should show only the current URL → Link hover in location bar: idle state should show only the current URL

Comment 1

9 years ago
I can confirm this.

If I middle-click to open a link and then <Ctrl>+<Tab> to it the target URL will remain in the location bar of the original tab until the pointer hovers in another link.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 2

9 years ago
Comment 1 is bug 596698, not this bug.
Summary: Link hover in location bar: idle state should show only the current URL → Link hover in location bar: time out in 5-15s back to the idle state

Comment 3

9 years ago
I'd prefer not having a timeout, fwiw.  I think the visual noise of the change would be distracting.
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Comment 4

9 years ago
Well, I'd argue that persistently showing a 'random' URL in the location bar is equally, if not more, annoying and distracting.

Yes, the fade-out will probably catch the eye. However, if the URL is there, it will catch the eye every time you glance up. One of the desirable points of putting it in the location bar was that it was supposed to be eye catching. It just needs to be eye catching when appropriate.

Maybe a longer transition would help reduce the distraction of the fade-out. For example, a 10 second delay and a 5 second fade-out.

Comment 5

9 years ago
(In reply to comment #3)
> I think the visual noise of the change would be distracting.

Possibly, but I'm not sure it'll be good to have the idle state have the hover effect on. Example case: say a user with a touchpad leaves the cursor on a link then types or something. I'd prefer that when they eventually look back up at the location bar it's only showing the current location, as they no longer are hovering intently, i.e. the cursor was just left wherever it happened to be.

Of course, you could also argue that it should always show the hover link to indicate what the click of the button will do. So, both sides have merit.

(In reply to comment #4)
> Maybe a longer transition would help reduce the distraction of the fade-out.
> For example, a 10 second delay and a 5 second fade-out.

Makes some sense, but I have a feeling that in practice this wouldn't be ideal. Longer gradual animations are probably not a good idea, but that's just my feeling.
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Comment 6

9 years ago
(In reply to comment #5)
> ...
>
> Of course, you could also argue that it should always show the hover link to
> indicate what the click of the button will do. So, both sides have merit.

That's why I suggested this be configurable.

i.e. -1 or 0 for a delay would never clear it from the location bar.

Updated

8 years ago
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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