Web Browser Tooltips

Yesterday I was assigned a bug that had to do with tooltips. The problem was that in our application we have a rather lengthy tooltip that takes longer than 5 seconds to read. In Firefox this isn’t much of an issue because after the tooltip times out, after about 5 seconds, you can mouse off the element and then mouse over it again and the tooltip will reappear. The issue was that Internet Explorer 7 does not follow the expected Firefox behaviour. In IE, if you’re reading a tooltip and it times out, then it’s gone for good. Well, not gone for good, but at least until you refresh your browser. That is insane!!!

I started researching, on the web, to see if anyone else has noticed this problem, and guess what, they have. After ignoring all of the forum posts that told me to stop using IE, I came across this awesome JavaScript library that solved all of my problems. This library is open source (Lesser General Public License (LGPL)), so you don’t have to worry about using it in your application. Enough from me, the site, and the demos speak for itself: http://www.walterzorn.com/tooltip/tooltip_e.htm

This is so awesome!!!

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