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Manfred Preussig
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      05-30-2004
hello,
I want to use this small windows appearing if mouse is on the keyword
and automatically disappearing if mouse is moved of or after a short
time delay. I want to give some additional help on keywords I use at my
hp to explain them to people don't know what this keyword means without
(or only with low) annoying to people knowing this word's meaning.

Can anyone tell me something about?

Thanks

Manfred

 
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brucie
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      05-30-2004
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Manfred Preussig <(E-Mail Removed)> said:

> hello,


g'day

> I want to use this small windows appearing if mouse is on the keyword


how about the title attribute?

> and automatically disappearing if mouse is moved of or after a short
> time delay.


it depends on the browser but its better if the cute little popup
doesn't disappear until the mouse is moved, something IE doesn't do and
moz only does on the first or second monitor.

> I want to give some additional help on keywords I use at my
> hp to explain them to people don't know what this keyword means without
> (or only with low) annoying to people knowing this word's meaning.


whats wrong with footnotes at the bottom of the page? much better than
the title attribute or any other kind of popup thingy.

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Jukka K. Korpela
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      05-30-2004
Manfred Preussig <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I want to use this small windows appearing if mouse is on the keyword
> and automatically disappearing if mouse is moved of or after a short
> time delay.


Sounds like you want to use the title="..." attribute. You can use it on
almost any element, such as an <em> element, but mostly you would use the
<span> markup to have an element to which it can be attached. Note:
although <abbr> and <acronym> elements are often recommended for
abbreviations and acronyms, they should be used with great caution if at
all. (See http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/html/abbr.html )

> I want to give some additional help on keywords I use at
> my hp to explain them to people don't know what this keyword means
> without (or only with low) annoying to people knowing this word's
> meaning.


Well, that's what links are for, and they work much more reliably than
the title attribute. You can combine the two if you like:

<p>This requires one to four <a href="#octet" title=
"octet: a string of eight bits, an eight-bit byte. - -">octet</a>s.</p>

assuming you have somewhere on the page the attribute id="octet" on an
element that contains a more detailed explanation.

If you use the title attribute only, the question arises how the user can
know that some "tooltip" is available. (When you use links, the default
rendering of links suggests that additional information is available.)
It just occurred to me that you could try to inform about this using

<body title="You can get short descriptions of several terms on this page
by moving the cursor over a word.">

since the user would normally see that tooltip when not on an inner
element with a title attribute. Then again, this would sound odd on a
browser that supports the title attribute but not the same way as common
browsers.

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rf
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      05-30-2004

"Manfred Preussig" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> hello,
> I want to use this small windows appearing if mouse is on the keyword
> and automatically disappearing if mouse is moved of or after a short
> time delay. I want to give some additional help on keywords I use at my
> hp to explain them to people don't know what this keyword means without
> (or only with low) annoying to people knowing this word's meaning.
>
> Can anyone tell me something about?



Hmmm.

title="explanation" ?



 
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Gnarlodious
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      05-30-2004
Entity brucie spoke thus:

>> I want to give some additional help on keywords I use at my
>> hp to explain them to people don't know what this keyword means without
>> (or only with low) annoying to people knowing this word's meaning.

>
> whats wrong with footnotes at the bottom of the page? much better than
> the title attribute or any other kind of popup thingy.

Personally, I find the "title" attribute irritating unless used
appropriately. Be conservative with it.


-- Gnarlie
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Spectrumology is the science of chaos.


 
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brucie
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      05-30-2004
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Gnarlodious <(E-Mail Removed)> said:

>> whats wrong with footnotes at the bottom of the page? much better than
>> the title attribute or any other kind of popup thingy.


> Personally, I find the "title" attribute irritating unless used
> appropriately. Be conservative with it.


assuming people even notice the title attrib is being used in the first
place.


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