# Regarding spoiler text

I think spoilers should be used only when asked for by the OP, etc and not too freely.

1. I usually take a printout of answers that I find useful, or too dense. Printouts have spoilers as blank text Edit: Aryabhata has suggested stackprinter app which works

2. It does not show underlying text on mobile touch based devices (ipad, etc) so to read such answers while commuting, I have to click on edit, look at the source, and exit without saving any edits.

(Spoilers are not proliferate in the main site yet, but I asked this question as I noticed a problem and wouldn't want it to become a bother later.)

• Perhaps we convert this to a feature request: Have a print stylesheet which shows the spoilers... – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 16:51
• @Aryabhata As you wish. Add to the request something like onMouseover capability for ipad (i.e it should be visible for tablets\iphones as well) – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 16:53
• Moreover, it is probably not exactly the most convenient thing from the accessibitity point of view. – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Jun 26 '11 at 16:57
• btw, for printing, apparently this is good: stackapps.com/questions/179/… – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 17:01
• I tested a spoiler answer to be printed using the stackprint app: stackprinter.com and it seems to show the spoilers. So we atleast have a workaround... – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 17:10
• I agree with @Mariano and would go a step further and say that one should simply avoid that "feature". It makes little sense and makes a posts rather unreadable. For the 10K+ users, here's a recent example of what I mean (fortunately GEdgar had the patience and spotted a mistake). – t.b. Jun 26 '11 at 17:25
• My understanding (not having an ipad myself) is that iPads can deal with onMouseover events. You need to do a quick light tap to activate the mouseover. (In the case that a clickable link has mouseovers, a second tap will actually click the link.) – Willie Wong Jun 26 '11 at 19:05
• It is also recommended that you print SE pages using StackPrinter. There are often formatting difficulties on questions with many answers if you just print directly. – Willie Wong Jun 26 '11 at 19:06
• @willie the onmouseover does not work for spoilers (and is a terrribly inconvenient thing in itself, but that's a different story) which is why I posted the question – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 19:24
• @Aryabhatt thanks. – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 19:32
• @Aryabhata: Your new handle seems to be a bit difficult to spell correctly. I like it much more than the other one, especially after you decided to drop that second t :) – t.b. Jun 27 '11 at 2:27
• @THeo: Yeah :-) There are acceptable variations and as long as people get the first 3 or 4 letters correctly (which seems to be the case with all the variations I have seen), I do get notified. – Aryabhata Jun 27 '11 at 3:22
• @Ary: Not quite, @Aryabhatta won't work :-) – Hendrik Vogt Jun 27 '11 at 9:52
• @Hendrik: I was notified :-) – Aryabhata Jun 27 '11 at 10:48
• @Aryabhatta: Now you won't :-) – Hendrik Vogt Jun 27 '11 at 11:13