What is Tooltip?
The tooltip or infotip or a hint is a common graphical user interface element. It is used in conjunction with a cursor, usually a pointer. The user hovers the pointer over an item, without clicking it, and a tooltip may appear a small "hover box" with information about the item being hovered over. Tooltips do not appear on mobile operating systems, since there is no cursor.
The term tooltip originally came from older Microsoft applications (like Microsoft Word 95), which had a toolbar where moving the mouse over the buttons (the Toolbar icons) displayed these tooltips, a short description of the function of the tool in the toolbar. More recently, these tooltips are used in various parts of an interface, not only on toolbars. Read more →
Tooltipster is a cross-browser, lightweight, customizable tooltip jQuery plugin. This is a great alternative to the jQuery UI tooltip.
For one thing it’s just a jQuery plugin. So besides the need for linking jQuery to you page it is very lightweight. Another thing is all the options it comes with. Tooltipster can contain more than just text, it can handle images and custom styles and animations also.
The following are browsers that already support Tooltipster:
― Firefox ― Chrome ― Opera ― Safari ― Internet Explorer (+ IE 8)
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