When I execute the code below:

Tooltip[Quantity[1, "Month"], "how to make it works?"]

The tooltip that is automatically generated by Quantity prevails over the one I added myself with Tooltip.

the tooltip is "unit: month" instead of the desired string

I would like to preserve the Quantity objects (rather than convert them to strings), but I would like to be able to override the automated tooltip with my own.

How can I fix It?


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Create a wrapper for adding a Tooltip to a Quantity

qTooltip[q_Quantity, tt_String] :=
 Tooltip[QuantityForm[q, "Abbreviation"], tt]

Like other wrappers (e.g., MatrixForm), the wrapper should not be included in variable definitions.

qTooltip[quant = Quantity[1, "Month"], "how to make it work?"]

(* Tooltip[1*"mo", "how to make it work?", 
   TooltipStyle -> "TextStyling"] *)

The definition of quant does not include the wrapper.


(* 1 *)

UnitConvert[quant, "days"]

(* Quantity[365/12, "Days"] *)

EDIT: You do not necessarily need to restrict the tooltip to being a string, and you can default to a normal Tooltip for none quantities.


plt[n_?NumericQ] := Plot[x^n, {x, 0, 1}];

qTooltip[q_Quantity, tt_] :=
  Tooltip[QuantityForm[q, "Abbreviation"], tt];

qTooltip[q_, tt_] := Tooltip[q, tt];

Examples (outputs deleted):

qTooltip[quant = Quantity[1, "Month"], plt[1]]

qTooltip[n = 3, plt[n]]

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