applications don't provide tooltips on mouseover

Bug #874430 reported by Satchit Bhogle on 2011-10-14
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
Robert Roth

Bug Description

OS: Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric stable
Application: Ubuntu Software Centre

Some of the applications on the All Software screen of the USC have very long names, e.g. Steel Storm: Burning Retribution. These are truncated when they exceed the space provided. However, when mousing over them, no tooltip appears, meaning that the user has to click on the application to find out its entire name.

1. Launch the current Ubuntu Software Center in Precise.
2. Mouse over the title of one of the applications in the "What's New" section.
3. Note that no tooltip is shown, even for titles that do not fit in the space provided.
4. Close Ubuntu Software Center.
5. Update to the version of software-center in precise-proposed.
6. Launch Ubuntu Software Center again and mouse over the same title.
7. Verify that a tooltip now displays the full title.

Negligible risk, just adds a single line to display a tooltip.

Related branches

Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-10-15
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-05-17
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Robert Roth (evfool)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
description: updated

Hello Satchit, or anyone else affected,

Accepted software-center into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users. If this package fixes the bug for you please change the bug tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not, change the tag to verification-failed. In either case details of your testing will help us make a better decision. Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Satchit Bhogle (satchitb) wrote :

Proposed fix failed. Proposed updates source used and completion of all available updates double-checked. software-center v5.2.3.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → In Progress
tags: added: verification-failed
removed: verification-needed
Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

Hi Sachit, thank you for checking this. Could you please retry? I am seeing the tooltip correctly in 5.2.3 in -proposed.

Please note that the tooltip only appears when hovering over the title itself, and in Ubuntu, the tooltip only displays for a short time and is then hidden. So, you may have to re-hover to see it again.

I've attached a screenshot showing it working on my system.

Many thanks!

Satchit Bhogle (satchitb) wrote :

It now works. Thank you. However, I must note that the tooltip does not appear when mousing over the icon of the application or the empty portion of the tile occupied by the application in question. This makes seeking out the tooltip unnecessarily hard. I request this be rectified. Thank you.

Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

Hi Sachit, thanks again for reporting back. As this bug is technically fixed I will mark it as verification-done (per your comment #4 and my own verification/screenshot). I'm doing this so that it does not hold up all of the other fixes for this SRU.

If you do not mind, please open a new bug for the issue that you describe and we can tackle that one to improve the usability.

Many thanks for your help!

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-failed
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 5.2.3

software-center (5.2.3) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  [ Robert Roth ]
  * lp:~evfool/software-center/lp987801:
    - Only show the version label once for each version in
      reviews (LP: #987801)
  * lp:~evfool/software-center/lp874430:
    - display tooltips for package titles in the application
      tiles of the lobby view (LP: #874430)
  * lp:~evfool/software-center/lp983831:
    - Avoid merging two words while normalizing description (LP: #983831)
  * lp:~evfool/software-center/lp822625:
    - Set default value for reviewstats histogram (LP: #822625)
  * lp:~evfool/software-center/lp875874:
    - Set word wrap with fallback to char wrapping for the review
      text label (LP: #875874)

  [ Gabor Kelemen ]
  * lp:~kelemeng/software-center/bug1001746:
    - merge i18n fix (LP: #1001746)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/lp872760-for-5.2:
    - fix translations for certain category names (LP: #872760)
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/lp987321:
    - fix dependency to ensure that we have humanity-icon-theme
      as we need it for the history view icons (LP: #987321)
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/test-catview-cleanup:
    - refactor unit tests for the catview
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/lp1002271:
    - fix regresion in 5.2.2 (LP: #1002271) for empty descriptions
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/lp1005104:
    - fix regression in 5.2.2 (LP: #1005104) in initial navigation
  * lp:~mvo/software-center/client-lp1004417:
    - client side fix for when exhibit package names contain
      extra whitespace (LP: #1004417)

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * lp:~gary-lasker/software-center/fix-crash-lp1000238:
    - remove obsolete workaround for an old bug that has long since
      been fixed, this fixes a hard crash on Quantal (LP: #1000238)
  * lp:~gary-lasker/software-center/toolbar-buttons-insensitive-during-startup:
    - re-enable the fix for LP: #999486, LP: #994341 that was inadvertently
      disabled in the 5.2.2 release

  [ Natalia Bidart ]
  * lp:~nataliabidart/software-center/fix-977931:
    - Unified package string parsing into a single method that will be
      used from either the command line arguments, or from the dbus method
      'bringToFront'. This way, search will be consistent between all
      entry points. LP: #977931
    - Also added proper test suites for the above.
  * lp:~nataliabidart/software-center/fix-965093:
    - Fixed the SpinnerNtebook show_spinner method so the spinner page is
      not shown until the configured threshold is reached (250ms since
      this branch). Plus proper test suite was added.
  * lp:~nataliabidart/software-center/fix-986563:
    - Filtered out those exhibits that do not their packages available
      in the db (LP: #986563)
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:53:25 +0200

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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