Remove hover text from interactive hotspots

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When I hover the cursor over an interactive hotspot, this annoying hover text appears, "Hotspot: jump to time: 4:00". It exposes the inner workings of the interactivity and looks unprofessional, but I can't seem to find anyway to turn off this "feature". I don't understand why anyone would want this, but it seems this was added in Camtasia 9. Is there some way to turn it off or at least change the text to something helpful?
 
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It does not look like there is an easy way to do this since the bubble is build in the player code.  I was able to change the text by replacing it with other text in the techsmith-smart-player.min.js file in the scripts directory (it you make it locally with the smart player).  It would be better if Techsmith made this configurable.
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Hi there

As Rodney says, it would be great if we were able to specify whether we even want hover text and if so, what the hover text should be.

If you want to change it, open the folder where the output files are and open the folder named "scripts". Inside that folder I find two different JavaScript files. If you use Windows Notepad, you should be able to open the file named "techsmith-smart-player.min.js".

Perform a search for the following text: ENGLISH]="Hotspot". You can influence the part reading "Hotspot" by changing the text in the quotes. For example, I changed it to Halibut.



And if you want to change the text that reads "Jump to time",

perform another search for: ENGLISH]="Jump to time" and replace the bit reading Jump to time with something different. For example, I changed it to Jumping JellyBeans.



I suppose if you wanted it to look like gibberish, you could just insert other numbers and code. Something like 0X100F3: XXB2F3FF: and it would then look like this:



Of course, if you take this approach you will need to always modify the javascript file after each video has been published.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I had to laugh a bit reading this thread.

Changing what the pop-up says isn't the answer.

 If you think about it, No version of Camtasia did this in the past. There's no reasonable explanation to add this as a feature .

This Is A GLITCH.


A Bug


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Well Joe I'm happy I can amuse you. LOL

Personally, I disagree that it's a glitch or a bug. If anything, I suspect it may have been an attempt at providing a bit of Section 508 support or compliancy.

Clearly, it's specifically and intentionally designed behavior. I say that because there appears to have been an effort put forth on behalf of the developers to provide the title attribute to the image map hyperlinks that are used. And for multiple languages.

Additionally, I was attempting to provide something that Chris specifically asked for when s/he said: 

Is there some way to turn it off or at least change the text to something helpful?

So I found a way to change the text. Only Chris can tell us whether what I posted will actually help or not. And if not, well, hey ho, I gave it a shot. You win some you lose some. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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It's not a bug,  it's the tilte tag coded in to the hotspot link.

I could understand having the title tag show on hover for a url that leaves the video because of security reasons but to have it show for a time jump or in video interaction.

That's just dumb and kinda defeats the purpose of having the hotspots at all.



This for sure needs to be changed.

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If my suspicions are true, we will find that it's related to Section 508 compliancy. I believe screen reading applications rely on these title tags in order to feed into the screen reading application so that the visually impaired user is aware there is something that may be clicked. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Oh, and I too agree that a change is needed. I envision a field that allows the Camtasia developer to insert their own tag. Maybe like this:
 


Cheers... Rick :)
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So your suspicious are ya?? :)

No really I can relate to what you are saying.

At the least we should be able to change the text and not have the timeline time digits show  ie; 2:01 in the title.

I myself don't think they would be necessary. Could be wrong though.

:)
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So what good is this information? You can add text to a hot spot.

 If you can't see well, are you going to see that little pop up better than everything else? 
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The popup would be read by a screen reader for sight impaired people. This is definitely supposed to be a feature, but a better implementation would allow the designer of a video change the text (or hide it all together) in some instances.

Yes visually impaired people do use videos, and combine them with screen readers to enhance their experience of the content.
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That may be the case, but here's why that still makes no sense to me.

That Pop-Up is dependent upon you hovering over it "First".

So if you know the pop up is there, moved your cursor over it, you must have already seen it.

Wouldn't it help the seeing impaired much more if it Popped-Up whether the viewer intended on clicking on it or not?

Regards,Joe
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I think it's obvious that you have never spent any time watching a blind person work with a computer. As such, you have no knowledge whatsoever as to how screen reading applications work. 
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No Rick, I've never seen a blind person watch a Camtasia video and search for a hotspot. Perhaps you can enlighten me.
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Also, not all visually impaired people are "blind" in the sense that they cannot see anything. Actually many have vision, but not good enough to read the words on the buttons.  
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I didn't bring the Blind into this conversation.  I was just trying to keep the focus on"Camtasia".
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Okay, here’s what the pop-ups are all about. This comes straight from tech support@TechSmith.

First off, I appreciate the various takes and opinions that came from Chris Pothaar, Rodney, Rick Stone,and Dubie.

It’s nothing more than a Pop-Up to let the viewer know what will occur if they click the hotspot.

It’s not there to assist the Visually Impaired or Blind.

Joe from tech support try to figure out a way to disable it. He took several approaches; he looked over the HTML files amongst other things. He concluded that there’s probably a way but it wouldn’t be easy.

So that’s it, is hardcoded and that’s all there is to it.

Regards, Joe

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So... you might even say it's not a bug, eh?
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I believe I just did.

So that’s it, is hardcoded and that’s all there is to it.

That's also why I suggested contacting Tech Support from the Git Go.

 
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If they did not obfuscate the code it would be easy to find where the popup is created and simply comment out the code. But the obfuscation makes it more difficult.
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My guess is that it somehow makes for efficiency in programming. I've noticed that regardless of how many hotspots you have, it's the same verbiage and the variable for the destination time code is inserted.

Also tried to see if there was a way to use the CSS to hide the tooltip. But even the CSS seems to be pretty obfuscated!

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hello everyone;

I just wanted to pop in here to let everyone know that I have spoken to the development team for this particular thread. They have confirmed that, as Rick Stone mentions, the tooltip is there for accessibility reasons.

As this is working as intended I would not classify this as a problem, but rather as an Idea since it is a desire to change a function of the application. As such I have changed this from a "Problem" and set it to "Idea" for future consideration. Make sure to vote for it if it is something that you find would make an important impact on Camtasia.

-Robert

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