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Create a Tooltip with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Detecting and setting text-based tooltips


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Create a Tooltip with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Detecting and setting text-based tooltips

Now the first instructions we're going to add in our script are going to inside of the mouse over area. So I am going to add a few returns inside of here and what we want to do is check first to see what type of tip this is. So we're going to start with the standard JavaScript conditional statement, we're going to type if, beginning and ending parenthesis, beginning and ending bracket, split it open on the brackets. Now inside of the parenthesis for if we're going to start with dollar sign, parenthesis, this and parenthesis .attr for attribute, beginning and ending parenthesis.

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Create a Tooltip with jQuery and Dreamweaver
54m 15s Intermediate Aug 28, 2012

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Tooltips can greatly improve the usability of your web site by providing direction and cues to visitors. In this course, Chris Converse shows how to convert text or graphics into a mouse-sensitive tooltip. The tutorials demonstrate how to create the markup in Dreamweaver and activate the tooltip with jQuery, as well as add positioning and effects.

Topics include:
  • Saving web graphics from Photoshop
  • Creating the tooltip container
  • Adding the jQuery $(document).ready() and mouse events
  • Detecting and setting HTML-based tooltips
  • Attaching the tip container to the mouse
  • Setting the tooltip to fade in and out
  • Accounting for other CSS-positioned elements
Subjects:
Developer Web Programming Languages Projects Web Development
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Detecting and setting text-based tooltips

Now the first instructions we're going to add in our script are going to inside of the mouse over area. So I am going to add a few returns inside of here and what we want to do is check first to see what type of tip this is. So we're going to start with the standard JavaScript conditional statement, we're going to type if, beginning and ending parenthesis, beginning and ending bracket, split it open on the brackets. Now inside of the parenthesis for if we're going to start with dollar sign, parenthesis, this and parenthesis .attr for attribute, beginning and ending parenthesis.

Inside of the attr two tick marks for a string literal, data-tip-type. So for each HTML element with a tooltip class that triggers this function, this refers to the actual item that was rolled over. So we're going to check the attribute of each one of those items. So after the parentheses hit a space, two equal signs, another string literal and then type in text. So if the item that we moused over has the data-tip-type set to text, we're going to do this instruction here.

So inside of these brackets we're going to target the tooltip_container and set the HTML. So start with a dollar sign, parentheses, inside of the parenthesis two more tick marks, pound sign, tooltip_container. Outside of the parenthesis .html, parenthesis, then a semicolon. Inside of the parenthesis for html dollars sign, parenthesis, type the word this inside.

Outside of the parenthesis .attr for attribute, another set of parenthesis, tick marks inside for a string literal, data-tip-source. So what this is doing is targeting the tooltip_container and setting the html inside to the value of the item that was rolled over whatever the data-tip-source value is set to. Now to test this, let's save our file, let's come back to the index.html file, let's choose File > Save All, again just to make sure that everything has been saved.

Let's go to the File Manu > Preview in Browser. Once this comes up in a browser hit reload. Now we see our tooltip down here with our Test text. I'll come up here and rollover the text- based tooltip and then notice that the HTML has been changed to say this is the tip text, matching exactly what we put inside of the data-tip-source attribute of the actual link that just triggered that. So now that we're properly finding and testing for text-based tooltips, next we'll work on adding some HTML for the HTML format of tooltips.

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