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40+ Tooltips Scripts With AJAX, JavaScript & CSS

September 30th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Web users love informative clues. Whatever questions and misunderstandings might occur – delivering precise answers immediately is the primary task a responsive user interface should be able to cope with. To do that, developers have to consider subtle and well-thought tooltips – used correctly, they can greatly improve user experience and help users to get things done. In Web such “responsive” hints can be provided by tooltips. E.g., unclear input fields in web forms are perfect examples of a situation you might be willing to use a tooltip for.

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Most of solutions are JavaScript- and AJAX-based, however we've also managed to find some lightweight CSS-based solutions. To install and use the script, it's often enough to include the JavaScript library in the source code and provide the hint as plain text within the “title”-attribute. Sometimes you can also insert URLs, images, tables and further elements – basically, it can be almost everything you'd ever wanted it to be.

We'd like to thank Jurgen Koller for compiling an extensive list of tooltip scripts we've stumbled upon during our search. It gives many useful pointers, but we've managed to find some more. You might be willing to use Koller's post as a quick reference for your search.

Let's take a look at 43 handy tooltips scripts for intuitive and well-designed visual clues. It's nice to have them all in one place, once you need them. It's nice to be able to find them, once you don't have time to search for them.

Tooltips: AJAX & JavaScript Solutions

  • Nice Titles Revised
    An improved Nice Titles Tooltip Script with Accesskeys support.
    Tooltips Scripts - Nice Titles revised | Blog | 1976design.com
  • A lightweight prototype based JavaScript tooltip
    Tooltips Scripts - A lightweight prototype based JavaScript tooltip
  • Nice Titles
    A classic. The script uses a background image.
    Tooltips Scripts - Nice titles
  • AJAX-enabled Help-BalloonsHelp windows in baloon-design. AJAXified version is also available.
    Tooltips Scripts - BeauScott AJAX-enabled Help-Balloons
  • jTip – A jQuery Tool Tip
    Extensive AJAX-based tooltips with numerous functions and presentation possibilities.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • jQuery plugin: Tooltip
    Enhances the jQuery Library.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • qTip
    Works for all elements, not only for links in most browsers – IE 5.5+, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
    Tooltips Scripts - qTip › CSS › Learn › solarDreamStudios
  • Form field hints with CSS Tooltips
    t's a basic example of how helpful a little JavaScript and CSS can be in a form. Instead of the input hints always showing and potentionally cluttering a very simple form, only the hint for the currently focused input will show. This article will show a way to do this.
    Tooltips Scripts - Form field hints with CSS and JavaScript (Ask the CSS Guy)
  • JS Tooltip
    Displays customizable tool tip message for each link element on a web page. A tool tip that can be added to the anchor element unobtrusively by adding a class value to it. This was done by having the tool tip message pull from the specific title attribute of the anchor element that the tool tip was added too.
    Tooltips Scripts - Javascript Entry - Cody Lindley: Finding a Javascript Tool Tip Script
  • BoxOver
    Flexible DHTML-Tooltipp in numerous formats. Appears (almost) immedately and fades in during loading.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • SuperNotes
    Converts footnotes to tooltips. Appears immediately and can be assigned with a fixed position in the browser window.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • Tipster
    Multifunctional tool tips with JavaScript.
    Tooltips Scripts - Tipster Demonstration
  • 5 Tooltips by DHTMLGoodies
    First version is suppose to improve the usability of online forms:
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • The second technique uses AJAX.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • Walter Zorns JavaScript, DHTML Tooltipps
    These tooltips can be used for different purposes; the code is well-documented and can easily be improved and modified.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • clueTip
    This is a demo page for the new clueTip — a jQuery-based, AJAX-powered tooltip. The clueTip plug-in was inspired by Cody Lindley's jTip script.
    Tooltips Scripts - clueTip : A jQuery Plugin
  • Mootools Tooltip
    Mootools Javascript example of using tooltips.
    Tooltips Scripts - Mootools Javascript Tooltips
  • Sweet Titles
    JavaScript Fading Tooltips.
  • Hover Tip
    Tooltip with menu-like capabilities. The tooltip layer will remain visible while the viewer hovers over it. This allows you to place clickable links inside tooltip content.
    Tooltips Scripts - Hover-Tip: Tooltip You Can Mouse Over
  • Multiline Tooltip with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
    This document explains how to make nice multiline tooltip for HTML documents, using simple and standard CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
    Tooltips Scripts - texSoft.it - multiline tooltip with HTML CSS and JavaScript
  • overLIB
    This JavaScript-library can be used in a variety of ways; many positioning and appearance features are available.
    Screenshot Tooltipp
  • Scriptaculous Effect.Tooltip
    The tooltip script from the script.aculo.us library.
    Tooltips Scripts - Effect.Tooltip
  • Tooltip.js
    Tooltipps with AJAX. The library uses the Prototype JavaScript Framework. The demo doesn't work any longer.
    Tooltips Scripts - Tooltip.js - About

CSS-Based Solutions

Further Solutions

  • Snap.com
    Snap gives you a visual preview of each result before you click on it. And that improves your odds of picking the right search, without clicking back-and-forth several times.
    Tooltips Scripts - Snap
  • DHTML Tooltips
    Popup a help tip or information layer onmouseover using this object-based DHTML tooltip code. The basic version, presented on this page, can contain plain text or rich html, images, or images and text. The tooltip can be displayed over a background image. It can move with mouse movement. And it is easy to customize and modify.
    Tooltips Scripts - DHTML Tooltips: Pop-up Layer Onmouseover
  • Animated Tooltip Javascript
  • DOM Tooltip
    DOM Tooltip Script-Library
  • Yahoo! UI Library: Tooltip
    The Yahoo! UI Library Toolbox provides among other functions also tooltips.

Tooltips: WordPress-Plugins

Selected Scripts: Quick Overview

Tooltips Scripts - A lightweight prototype based JavaScript tooltip

Tooltips Scripts - Nice Titles revised | Blog | 1976design.com

Tooltips Scripts - Nice titles

Tooltips Scripts - BeauScott.com » Blog Archive » AJAX-enabled Help-Balloons

Screenshot Tooltipp

Tooltips Scripts - Custom CSS Tooltips - loadaverageZero

Tooltips Scripts - CSS: Menu Descriptions | Mike's Experiments | MikeCherim.com