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    Plain Ol' Affiliate Rainmaker's Avatar
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    Looking for direction on how to program something
    I used to know how to do this, but as with all skills that are not used regularly slowly disappear.

    I want this user experience... As the user rolls over a word(s) a small window will open up and give you more info on that word. I can't for the life of me find an example. I'm looking to get pointed in the right direction... it's XHTML or something? (I'm not thinking of javascript or popping a new browser window or a third party product/software/service)

    Can I buy a clue?

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    If you want a mouse over that's easy enough to do in html using the alt tag containing the pop up description.

    If you would prefer not to have a tag then you can use a script line which reads from a xml database to create a pop up. This can contain an image and long description - it's called a xml widget.
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    John: Yeah, no... ALT tag was not what I was looking for. XML Widget? Hmmm... that's a new one for me. I had a hard time finding info on that.

    I FOUND IT!!

    It's called a..... drum roll please..... DHTML TOOL TIP

    And... yeah... it turns out it's JS (so sorry for steering everyone away from that solution)

    Here it is...
    http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamici...mltooltip2.htm

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    Nope!

    It's in php haha!

    We've built a php version that dispenses with javascript completely.
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    A simple "title" tag will do it as well, or you can add it in via css onmouseover .

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    www.rmochan.co.uk is one using an image change when mousing over the menu and that uses XHTML, we did the site for them.

    To not use javascript on mouseover using XHTML is difficult. Using a word only mouseover would use Ajax from a database. Give an example of a site where you've seen what you want and I'll tell you how it's done.
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    2Busy: Onmouseover... that's just for images, right? I'm looking for text. ITitile tag: I've thought about that. I don't thing the title tag will be noticeable/prominent enough to get noticed.

    JOHN: To clarify, my page is not XHTML. It's plain HTML. ( I was just trying to think of what it was called... Dhtml)

    I'm working on our PTA's website. One of the pages is a listing of all the volunteer positions. I want to have visitors to be able to roll over the the title and see a short description of that that volunteer position does. There's like 80 descriptions. It'd be really sweet to call the descriptions from a easily editable flat file!

    Your PHP solution sounds intriguing too.

    An example... Log into ShareASale, do a search for Merchants. Then roll over the icons: cookie, feed, auto deposit, auto approve. You'll see descriptions display. Oh... or you can go here and roll over the DEMO links in the center of the page

    ~Bob.
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    It'll take us about an hour or so. Basically we're going to put an example database together with a list of 80 names in one column and a list of 80 descriptions in another and get the list of names to display on a page menu style using a line of php to extract it.

    The database will extract using javascript + php on the back end to create the mouseover descriptions.

    It'll be a bit messy as this is just a sample but if you like then after we've done it and you've had the chance to see it we can chat.
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    We're also going to extract a single word as if it is featured in a line of text so that you can scroll over that as well.

    So that's the two demos.
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    JOHN! Wow, thanks for the kind offer. Please don't spend any time on this. It's a really really low priority and I may not even do it. You've alreay been really helpful. I can take it from here (or not ;-) )

    ~Bob

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    For what it's worth, you can use the "title" attribute with most HTML tags (for instance, "span", "div" or "a href"). I realize that the hover text isn't all that prominent, but it's simple. I like to use it on my sites to provide extra details while keeping the pages as compact as possible.
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    That's right. One problem with title tags etc is they're really slow.

    It's no problem doing the demo. It's just one extra thingamy we can provide and just gets added to our inventory.
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    Here It Is!!!!!!!
    AND

    Here we have the rough version.

    http://www.ukcs.org.uk/jobs.php

    On the page on the top left you see the words from the database with mouseover description and below what could be the back end where you input the name and description.

    A tidy version will cost a few $
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    The system solely uses php and MySQL. It can also be done in .csv
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    Not quite true. The bulk of the work is done with JavaScript (boxover.js).
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    That was going to be my next post. It does indeed use boxover js with the whole lot incorporated into php and a MySQL database.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Jupp
    Here we have the rough version.

    http://www.ukcs.org.uk/jobs.php

    On the page on the top left you see the words from the database with mouseover description and below what could be the back end where you input the name and description.

    A tidy version will cost a few $
    Purdy Slick! I'll definitely give it some thought.

    Thanks!
    ~Bob

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