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A "tooltip" is one name given to the small yellow box that appears when you hover over an object on your screen. These simple text tooltips that appear in Internet Explorer 4 (and later), Opera 5 (and later), and Netscape 6 (and later) and [unless your visitor has it turned off turned off in Preferences] can be easily created by adding a title attribute to the object in your page for which you want the tooltip to appear. Tooltips will also appear in Internet Explorer and Netscape 4 when the alt attribute is used with an image (but this is not supposed to happen according to the standards and you can correct this error in IE by always including a title attribute as well as the alt atribute).
So let's start by looking at what a tooltip looks like when created using a title attribute. Try hovering your mouse over this link.
The next step is to get this script to use on your own pages.
Note that this script and the associated description of how to use it are copied from the "Ask Felgall" website with the permission of the copyright owner.