vivek vivek - 5 months ago 65
AngularJS Question

Enable angular-ui tooltip on custom events

I am trying to use angular-ui's tooltip functionality to show my user that a particular field is invalid but it seems that the tooltip can be shown only on some pre-defined triggers. Is there any way by which I can trigger the tooltip except those triggers?

For example:

tooltip="Invalid name!"


Here's a trick.

Twitter Bootstrap tooltips (that Angular-UI relies upon) have an option to specify the trigger event with an additional attribute as in data-trigger="mouseenter". This gives you a way of changing the trigger programmatically (with Angular):

  tooltip="Some text" 
  tooltip-trigger="{{{true: 'mouseenter', false: 'never'}[myForm.username.$invalid]}}" 

So when username is $invalid, the tooltip-triggerexpression will evaluate to 'mouseenter' and tooltip will show up. Otherwise, the trigger will evaluate to 'never' which in return won't fire up the tooltip.


@cotten (in comments) mentions a scenario where tooltip gets stuck and won't go away even when model is valid. This happens when mouse stays over the input field while the text is being entered (and model becomes valid). As soon as model validation evaluates to true, the tooltip-triggerwill switch to "never".

UI Bootstrap uses a so called triggerMap to determine on which mouse events to show/hide the tooltip.

// Default hide triggers for each show trigger
var triggerMap = {
  'mouseenter': 'mouseleave',
  'click': 'click',
  'focus': 'blur'

As you may see, this map knows nothing about the "never" event, so it's unable to determine when to close the tooltip. So, to make out trick play nicely we only need to update this map with our own event pair and UI Bootstrap will then know what event to observe for closing the tooltip when tooltip-trigger is set to "never".

app.config(['$tooltipProvider', function($tooltipProvider){
    'mouseenter': 'mouseleave',
    'click': 'click',
    'focus': 'blur',
    'never': 'mouseleave' // <- This ensures the tooltip will go away on mouseleave


Note: $tooltip provider is exposed by the "ui.bootstrap.tooltip" module and it allows us to globally configure our tooltips in app configuration.