Application Development

Add a Tooltip

Some columns may benefit from a tooltip, such as images that represent a status. The status name or description could display when a user hovers the cursor over the status icon. For instance, a red light in a column called “Status” could have the tooltip: “X templates failed to process”. A tooltip can also be useful when a field is disabled due to lack of prerequisites. If a “Submit” button is disabled because the record is “Inactive”, then the tooltip can state “Disabled due to being inactive”.

This feature is available for these controls:

  • Button
  • Combo Box
  • Image
  • List Box

First, write a view with the suffix Dtv for each column that requires a tooltip, alias the column as “boatooltip” in the view.  

For example, the Finish button on a page is disabled when the Dependency Complete field is false. To display a short message that says why the button is disabled, the user creates the following view.


CREATE VIEW webRequestRoleDtv


SELECT RequestID, RoleID, CASE Validate WHEN 0 THEN 'Dependency not complete for role' ELSE NULL END AS boaTooltip

FROM dbo.webRequestRoleDcv


The view uses a CASE statement, and sets the column to NULL when the tooltip should not display.

After the view is written, register it the column.

To register the tooltip view:

  1. Access the Page Columns page's Vertical View.
  2. Click Edit.

    View the field descriptions for the Page Columns page

  3. Click the Relational tab.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select the view in the Data Tooltip View list box.
  6. Enter the binding field name(s) in the Data Tooltip Binding Field Names text box.

    NOTE: Include a comma between names.

  7. Click Save.