This is a follow up to this previous question, where a TraditionalForm formatting was defined for the symbol pvB, so that TraditionalForm[pvB[2,4,x,s,m0,m1]] would give $B_{0011}(s,m0,m1)$.

I now want to mimic the behavior of TraditionalForm formatting of built-in special functions, where hovering the cursor over it would display a tooltip with the name of the built-in symbol.

Below is such an example. Hovering the mouse over the TraditionalForm version of the BesselJ function displays the tooltip:

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How do I modify the code of the answers given to this previous question so that hovering over $B_{0011}(s,m0,m1)$ would give a tooltip message "PVB"?

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for adding the corresponding method for a pre-formed box, and for the accept! $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Sep 13, 2015 at 19:55

1 Answer 1


This should be as simple as wrapping any one of the answers to your previous question within Tooltip. In this case, I prefer to start from Mr. Wizard's answer, because it allows me to stay away from explicitly building up the necessary Box expression.

MakeBoxes[pvB[n_Integer, P_Integer, _, x__], fmt : TraditionalForm] :=
 MakeBoxes[#, fmt] &@
      Row[PadLeft[Table[1, {n}], P]]
    ][x], "pvB"

pvB[3, 5, x, s, m0, m1] // TraditionalForm

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edit by QuantumDot

And if you already have a Box expression, then wrap with TooltipBox. For example, using Jens' answer,

pvB /: MakeBoxes[pvB[n1_Integer, n2_Integer, x_, s_, m0_, m1_], TraditionalForm] := 
    RowBox[{Sequence @@ Riffle[Table["0", {n1}], "\[ThinSpace]"], 
     Sequence @@ Riffle[Table["1", {n2 - n1}], "\[ThinSpace]"]}]], 
     "(", Sequence @@ Riffle[Map[ToBoxes, {x, s, m0, m1}], ","], ")"}],
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    $\begingroup$ Just a caveat for the second approach: anything more complex than a String or List within the second argument of TooltipBox (e.g. TooltipBox[..., <||>]) needs to be wrapped into ToBoxes otherwise the tooltip won't format correctly. Moreover, the formatter should pre-check argument types, as in symbolic cases no formatting can be done (i.e. n1 and n2 must be integers). I have edited this into your answer. $\endgroup$ May 15, 2018 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ @IstvánZachar Very good points. Thank you for the edits as well. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    May 15, 2018 at 20:27

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