This post is a spin-off of "New round of UI updates... apparently".

Recently we got new, differently styled tooltips, for all buttons displayed to the left of questions/answers (upvote, downvote, add to favorites, etc). It's the same tooltip style that was used for the follow button.

buttons screenshot

I propose following changes:

  1. Use consistent visual style for the tooltips.

    Currently edit, close, and other buttons displayed below posts (Including the sorting of answers) use native tooltips, whereas follow and all buttons to the left of the questions/answers use the new custom tooltips, and the cite button (on sites where it appears) has no tooltip.


    tooltip style comparsion

    I suggest using a same style for all those tooltips.

  1. Use consistent capitalization and punctuation.

    Messages in all the new tooltips start with a capital letter, and have a trailing period, except for Accept answer and follow, which don't have a trailing .. Most of the old tooltips, on the other hand, are fully lowercase, and don't have a trailing ., except for add a comment.

    I suggest tweaking the messages to make them more consistent.

Also see: Please add a delay to the hover tooltips

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    Also, it would be more sensible if they used consistent markup, currently some are <a> elements and some are <button> elements.
    – Bergi
    Jun 19, 2020 at 18:37
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    I'd also note that using pseudo-tooltips, rather than normal title based tooltips present additional accessibility issues. While I haven't explored these pseudo-tooltips from an accessibility POV, I'd expect there to be significant problems. It's nearly certain that they won't be handled in the same way as would be expected for a normal tooltip.
    – Makyen
    Jun 24, 2020 at 4:29
  • @Makyen You might be interested in developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Accessibility/ARIA/…
    – animuson StaffMod
    Sep 3, 2020 at 17:53
  • Was first reported on meta SO in this answer.
    – bad_coder
    Oct 3, 2020 at 3:37
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    Eh, apparently. Damn.
    – Ollie
    Apr 13, 2021 at 15:56

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This is something we want to do but don’t have a timeline yet. Setting it to for now.

  • I just noticed the same thing today, also the tooltips for the sort buttons of the answers uses an older design. Any update on when this will get updated?
    – Luuklag
    Oct 2, 2020 at 12:16

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