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bug#6595: 24.0.50; tooltip doc

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#6595: 24.0.50; tooltip doc
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:52:51 -0700

The tooltip doc is not so great.
Node Tooltips of the Emacs manual says nothing about tooltip mode being
enabled by default.  And it says nothing about option
More generally, it nowhere explains clearly what the recommended way of
moving help to the echo area is (i.e. not using tooltips).  There is an
option, `tooltip-use-echo-area', whose doc tells you that if you want
help to appear in the echo area then you should customize this to
non-nil and enable tooltip mode.
But why?  Why is there this separate option, in addition to the option
`tooltip-mode', whose customization to nil has the same effect of moving
help to the echo area?
This is not clear to me.  Either there is a design flaw - perhaps
`tooltip-use-echo-area' should be removed, or more likely something is
simply missing from the doc.  Please explain - make this topic clear to

In GNU Emacs (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
 of 2010-06-28 on 3249CTO
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4) --no-opt --cflags -Ic:/xpm/include'

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