There are still a few of us who code our webpages "by hand." If you’re one of us, this pointer to Tooltips by Walter Zorn is for you.
A tooltip is a popup information box, similar to the box that appears when you hold your mouse cursor over an image whose tag includes alternative or title text. Except Walter Zorn’s Tooltips — like this one — are configured by you, not the browser.
Of course, Zorn’s isn’t the only code out there for producing tooltips, but after testing a number of them, I found his unique. It’s highly configurable, browser friendly, well behaved, easy to use, and available for a voluntary donation or free.
Zorn’s Tooltips are the only ones we tested that behave predictably and intelligently. Other’s unexpectedly "get stuck" on the page, or don’t pop up when the target lies near the browser’s edge, or dance drunken attendance on the cursor — and some exhibit all of these misbehaviors.
Cross-Platform, Browser Friendly. It’s easy to find tooltips that work pretty well in late versions of Windows’ Internet Explorer. Walter Zorn’s Tooltips work well in Konqueror 3, Browsers with Gecko-Engine (Mozilla, Netscape 6, Galeon), Netscape 4 and 6, and Opera 5 and 6 on Linux and in Netscape 4, Gecko Browsers, IE 4, 5.0, 5.5 und 6.0, and Opera 5, 6, 7 in Windows. And probably more, too. Use Zorn’s Tooltips and you can be certain that 99.9% of your visitors will see them as you intended.
Best Choice Award Winner.