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Creating the tooltip container

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Now with our project files in place, let's open the HTML file up in Dreamweaver. Now if you'd rather take this course using a text editor inside of Adobe Dreamweaver, we are offering the same course in the lynda.com online training library using a text editor. Now with the HTML file opened up in Dreamweaver, let's come up here and make sure that you are looking at the Code view; we have Code, Split, and Design views. Let's switch back over to Code. Inside the code, I want to point out a few things that I already have set up here. So as I mentioned before, I wanted to give you a layout.

Creating the tooltip container

Now with our project files in place, let's open the HTML file up in Dreamweaver. Now if you'd rather take this course using a text editor inside of Adobe Dreamweaver, we are offering the same course in the lynda.com online training library using a text editor. Now with the HTML file opened up in Dreamweaver, let's come up here and make sure that you are looking at the Code view; we have Code, Split, and Design views. Let's switch back over to Code. Inside the code, I want to point out a few things that I already have set up here. So as I mentioned before, I wanted to give you a layout.

If you are not working on a particular website that you already have, so that you could follow along and just concentrate on the tooltip. So some of the things I have set up here already. We have the link to an includes folder with a tooltip.css file. This file only has the CSS rules necessary for the layout. We're going to be adding in the CSS rules for the tooltip. We have a copy of jQuery hooked in and a copy in the includes directory, and a copy of a tooltip.js file. This is a JavaScript file that's empty, but it is hooked in to this HTML file.

And then here on lines 9 through 12, we have an HTML conditional statement, and what this does is checks for Internet Explorer. So if less than IE 9, we are going to know that we are using Internet Explorer version 7 or 8, and what we are going to do is import a Google shiv. This is the HTML5 Google shiv and we're also going to bring in a separate tooltip ie.css file. Now this separate CSS file is going to allow us to do things like use semi-transparency in the background for a tooltip, using a graphic since IE 7 and 8 don't understand CSS3.

And the Google shiv up here, what this does is using JavaScript, Google will take all of the HTML5 in this document. So if I scroll down, we have things in here like a header, an article, an aside, and what this Google shiv will do is explain to IE 7 and 8 using JavaScript how to render those HTML5 elements. This gives us the ability to work with one HTML, and one CSS file, and then the Google shiv will convert this to something that IE 7 and 8 can understand. So the first thing we are going to do in our HTML file is let's scroll down, let's find the footer element.

So in the next line, after footer, let's start with a div tag. Let's set an id. We're going to set this to tooltip_container, then end the tag, and then end the div. Now this div is going to be the outermost container for the tooltip, so this is where we are going to put text or HTML, and this is the actual object that's going to position itself relative to the mouse when somebody rolls over a tooltip. And now with the HTML in place, next we will work on the CSS rules to style the tooltip container.

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