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August 21st, 2007, 11:38 PM #1Looking 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.
Can I buy a clue?
August 22nd, 2007, 02:27 AM #2
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 08:41 AM #3
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...
August 22nd, 2007, 09:29 AM #4
It's in php haha!
August 22nd, 2007, 09:32 AM #5
A simple "title" tag will do it as well, or you can add it in via css onmouseover .
August 22nd, 2007, 09:37 AM #6
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 11:29 AM #7
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
Last edited by Rainmaker; August 22nd, 2007 at 11:36 AM. Reason: added example
August 22nd, 2007, 01:40 PM #8
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.
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 01:57 PM #9
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 03:03 PM #10
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 ;-) )
August 22nd, 2007, 03:24 PM #11
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 03:26 PM #12
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.
August 22nd, 2007, 05:04 PM #13Here It Is!!!!!!!
Here we have the rough version.
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 $
August 22nd, 2007, 05:07 PM #14
The system solely uses php and MySQL. It can also be done in .csv
August 22nd, 2007, 05:10 PM #15
August 22nd, 2007, 05:16 PM #16
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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