Duplicate the jQuery Homepage Tooltips Using Dojo

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The jQuery homepage has a pretty suave tooltip-like effect as seen below:

jQuery Homepage

Here's how to accomplish this same effect using Dojo.

The XHTML

<div id="jq-intro" class="jq-clearfix">
	<h2>jQuery is a new kind of JavaScript Library.</h2>
	<p>jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and AJAX interactions for rapid web development. <strong>jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.</strong></p>
	<ul class="jq-checkpoints jq-clearfix">
		<li><a href="http://docs.jquery.com/Tutorials" title="Lightweight Footprint" class="jq-thickbox">Lightweight Footprint</a>
			<div class="jq-checkpointSubhead">
				<p>About 18KB in size <em>(Minified and Gzipped)</em></p>
			</div>
		</li>
		<li><a href="http://docs.jquery.com/Tutorials" title="CSS3 Compliant" class="jq-thickbox">CSS3 Compliant</a>
			<div class="jq-checkpointSubhead">
				<p>Supports CSS 1-3 selectors and more!</p>
			</div>
		</li>
		<li><a href="http://docs.jquery.com/Tutorials" title="Cross-browser" class="jq-thickbox">Cross-browser</a>
			<div class="jq-checkpointSubhead">
				<p>IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 3.0+, Opera 9.0+, Chrome</p>
			</div>
		</li>
	</ul>
</div>

The above HTML was taken directly from the jQuery homepage -- no changes.

The CSS

#jq-intro 			{ padding-top:1em; width:605px; margin:0 auto; }
#jq-intro h2 		{ font-size:1.9em; font-weight:bold; color:#5DB0E6; line-height:1em; }
#jq-intro h2 span.jq-jquery { float:left; width:81px; height:23px; margin-right:.3em; position:relative; }
#jq-intro h2 span.jq-jquery span { position:absolute; left:-999999px; }
#jq-intro p 		{ clear:both; font-size:1.5em; margin:5px 0; font-weight:normal; line-height:1.6; }
#jq-intro ul 		{ padding:1.5em 0; list-style-type:none; }
#jq-intro li 		{ float:left; font-size:1.4em; }
#jq-intro li a 	{ color:#5DB0E6; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; float:left; padding:0 30px 0 23px; }
#jq-intro li p 	{ font-size:12px; }
#jq-intro li 		{ position:relative; }
div.jq-checkpointSubhead { display:none; }
div.jq-checkpointSubhead { /*opacity:0.0001;*/ position:absolute; width:253px; height:54px; background:url(jquery-tooltip.png) 0 0 no-repeat; top:-1.5em; left:-35%; z-index:100; }
div.jq-checkpointSubhead p { font-size:1em; padding:10px 5px 0 50px; color:#AE0001; font-weight:bold; line-height:1.3em; margin:0; cursor:pointer; }

The above CSS has been slightly modified to match the CSS rules already in place on my demo page.

The Dojo JavaScript

(function(d,$,$$) {
	/* when the page is ready .... */
	d.ready(function() {
		/* grab each list item */
		$$('.jq-checkpoints li').forEach(function(li,index) {
			/* grab the tooltip */
			var myTip = $$('div.jq-checkpointSubhead',li).style({
				opacity: 0,
				display: 'block'
			})[0];
			/* add event listeners */
			d.connect(li,'onmouseenter',function() {
				d.fadeIn({ node: myTip }).play();
			});
			d.connect(li,'onmouseleave',function() {
				d.fadeOut({ node: myTip }).play();
			});
		});	
	});
})(dojo,dojo.byId,dojo.query);

This effect is the epitome of a dynamic yet subtle JavaScript enhancement!

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Discussion

  1. tampe125

    what about doing this in mootools?

  2. Nice effect, but i think (and i’m speaking to jquery devs) it has serious usability problems.. don’t you agree?

  3. Can you give an small tut how it works with jQuery please?

  4. @tampe125: You can find the MooTools version here:

    http://davidwalsh.name/jquery-homepage-mootools

  5. Jquery, please!

    • Ummmm…just take it form the jQuery website?

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