Tooltips on tree nodes and editor tabs

The project/package tree currently has no tooltips at all and the tooltips on editor tabs have little value.

How about
- adding tooltips to the tree also?
- explaining all those icon decorations in the tooltip? I propose to have a multi-line html tooltip that shows each icon with explanation, e.g.
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Maybe this is just me, but... Too Much Info. I hate when I'm looking over a list of items, when huge tips pops everytime I hang the mouse over one of the items.

And oh, that would probably break the existing tooltip: when an item is too large to fit the project pane, the full name will be show as a tip (or something close to that).

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I see your point, though when I hang the mouse over an item I usually wait for a tooltip to appear.
Honestly, do you grok all those icon decorations at once?
Especially for a newbie that looks quite incomprehensible, even if pretty and colourful.
What does the little redish pin mean? Why is there a small black cross?

Do you have any other idea? I think opening and reading the online help is just too much just to understand an icon.

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Do you have any other idea? I think opening and
reading the online help is just too much just to
understand an icon.


Yeah, I see your point. Sometimes we're so used to IDEA that we forget that some people will be in contact with it for the first time. So we could...

1) Make the tooltips enabled by default, but provide a way to turn them off. On the other hand, I'd hate to see Yet Another Option in the configuration dialogs.

2) Provide a simple "legend" button somewhere on the project pane, that would show the legend for all icons and annotations.

(2) sounds better to me, but I have to admit that the tooltip is what a newcomer would expect.

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