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What is hot text? |
How do I decide whether to use hot text?
How do I show the user which text is hot?
How do I make hot text that pops up a new window?
How do I make hot text perform an action?
How do I make pictures and non-text objects hot?
Why can't the compiler find my hot text?
Why doesn't my hot text formatting appear in the guide?
Why doesn't hot text work when the user clicks it?
You should consider using hot text when:
If you want to make information available from a panel, but that information is associated with the panel as a whole rather than any particular word, use a button instead.
Users expect to get information, not perform an action, when clicking hot text. So it's probably not a good idea to use hot text to execute a script, unless all the script does is present information. For example, you might create an AppleScript to open a SimpleText document that contains a diagram, and trigger it when the user clicks hot text. Even though this is a script, from the user's perspective it's simply showing additional information, so it doesn't cause confusion.