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.
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.
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qTip Works for all elements, not only for links in most browsers – IE 5.5+, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
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.
BoxOver Flexible DHTML-Tooltipp in numerous formats. Appears (almost) immedately and fades in during loading.
SuperNotes Converts footnotes to tooltips. Appears immediately and can be assigned with a fixed position in the browser window.
Scriptaculous Effect.Tooltip The tooltip script from the script.aculo.us library.
CSS Tooltips A simple demonstration of using custom CSS tooltips as a drop-in replacement for the browser-based title attribute.
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.
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.