This is a plugin to generate dynamic Tool Tips in HTML + javascript (mouseover event). This tooltip is based on This plugin provides a TOOLTIP Macro that expands into the html and javascript to implement a Tooltip. Also includes the balloon Simple Skin by Stasiek Płoski (Homepage: ).


Write (On a single line!) Simulate If Installed
%TOOLTIP{TEXT="Whaoooo ! With such a tooltip, you can keep your topics light... and get better communication ! " FONTCOLOR="#336699" TITLE="Nice tooltip, no ?" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px" WIDTH="250"}% put your mouse here, you should see a tooltip %TOOLTIP{END}% example1.jpg put your mouse here, you should see a tooltip .
Customize the tip %TOOLTIP{TEXT="there are soo many parameters..." BGCOLOR="#FF8000" FONTCOLOR="#00FF80" TITLE="PARAMETERS" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="30px" WIDTH="250" }%with parameters%TOOLTIP{END}% Example 2 Customize the tip with parameters
%TOOLTIP{TEXT="Set BALLOON=\"true\" The BALLOONIMGPATH will default to the /pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/balloon/ path. " FONTCOLOR="#336699" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px" BALLOON="true" WIDTH="250"}% And with the latest version you can have Balloon style tips! %TOOLTIP{END}%. There is also a simple ballon. %TOOLTIP{TEXT="Set BALLOON=\"true\"  The BALLOONIMGPATH for a simple ballon is /pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/balloon_simple/ "  FONTCOLOR="#336699" BALLOONIMGPATH="/pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/balloon_simple" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px" BALLOON="true" WIDTH="250"}% A simple balloon layout %TOOLTIP{END}% Example of balloon tip And with the latest version you can have Balloon style tips! .
Note that presently MS Internet Explorer has trouble rendering the bottom corners due to some css conflict elsewhere on the page
There is also a simple ballon. A simple balloon layout
%TOOLTIP{TEXT="You can also insert <img src=\'/pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/ToolTipPhoto.gif\' /> gif/jpg photos and WikiWords in your text... this is simply HTML! (but remember to escape single quotes (\'), double quotes (\") I18N chars, etc :-)), and set STICKY=\"true\" if you want the links usable." STICKY="true" TITLE="PHOTOS !" FONTCOLOR="#336699" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px" WIDTH="250"}% insert photos and links %TOOLTIP{END}% Graphics and Links insert photos and links This example is "Sticky" - you need to dismiss the popup by touching this or another tip with the mouse.
%TOOLTIP{TEXT="You can set a background image to the tip" FONTCOLOR="#336699" TITLE="Background image" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px" WIDTH="190" BGIMG="%ATTACHURLPATH%/ToolTipBackground.jpg" STICKY="true" DURATION="5000"}% This tip has a background image and is "sticky" for 5 seconds.%TOOLTIP{END}% too Example of background image This tip has a background image and is "sticky" for 5 seconds
%TOOLTIP{ URL="../System/SiteMap" TARGET="_blank" INCLUDE="SiteMap" STICKY="true" BORDERCOLOR="#333366" PADDING="0" BORDERWIDTH="1" FONTSIZE="12px" FONTCOLOR="black" ABOVE="false" OFFSETY="100" WIDTH="800" CENTERWINDOW="true" CENTERALWAYS="true"}% Raw included SiteMap as ToolTip %TOOLTIP% [No Example] WebHome </li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/searchtopic.gif" alt="Search web" />WebSearch</li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/recentchanges.gif" alt="Recent changes in the web" />WebChanges</li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/notify.gif" alt="Get notified of changes to the web" />WebNotify </li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/wrench.gif" alt="Preferences of web" />WebPreferences </li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/statistics.gif" alt="Statistics of web" />WebStatistics</li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/indexlist.gif" alt="Bullet list of all topics" />WebTopicList</li> <li> <img src="/pub/System/DocumentGraphics/index.gif" alt="Index of all topics" />WebIndex</li></ul> </div></noautolink>', OFFSETY, 100, CENTERWINDOW, 'true', WIDTH, 800, BORDERWIDTH, 1, ABOVE, 'false', STICKY, 'true', BORDERCOLOR, '#333366', FONTSIZE, '12px', PADDING, 0, CENTERALWAYS, 'true', FONTCOLOR, 'black')" onmouseout="UnTip()"> Raw included SiteMap as ToolTip (This one is also a link to the sitemap on the current web, and will follow the scroll.)


All walterzorn tooltip parameters are allowed and simply passed to the javascript applet. For a complete list refer to Pass the parameters using the standard Foswiki format - Parameter="value". Use of %TOOLTIP{END}% to close the tip text is mandatory.

name usage example
Foswiki Specific Parameters
END (or empty parameter) End of url text that activate the tooltip (mandatory !). %TOOLTIP{END}%
INCLUDE Include a topic text into the tooltip. Included topic text should only content simple Foswiki or HTML datas. INCLUDE="web.topic" or INCLUDE="\"topic\" section=\"sect1\"" The parameter must include any quotes that would normally be required in a %INCLUDE statement. Embedded quotes must be escaped with backslash (\"). Example: INCLUDE="\"Myweb.MyTopic\" section=\"mysection\""
TARGET Adds the target= operand to the URL. TARGET="_blank" opens the link in a new window
TEXT ToolTip text. Single and double quotes within this string must be escaped with backslash, \" \'
URL Specifies link if this tip is also a link, otherwise defaults to null link URL= or web relative URL="../System/SiteMap"
wz_tooltip parameters - see
ABOVE Places the tooltip above the mousepointer. Additionally applying the OFFSETY command allows to set the vertical distance from the mousepointer. ABOVE="true"
BGCOLOR Background color of the tooltip. BGCOLOR="#d3e3f6"
BGIMG Background image. BGIMG="images/myBgImg.jpg"
BORDERWIDTH Width of tooltip border. May be 0 to hide the border. BORDERWIDTH="3"
BORDERCOLOR Border color. BORDERCOLOR="#336699"
DELAY Tooltip shows up after the specified timeout (milliseconds). DELAY="1000"
FIX Fixes the tooltip to the co-ordinates specified. Useful, for example, if combined with the STICKY command. FIX="[200, 2400]"
FONTCOLOR Font color. FONTCOLOR="#993399"
FONTFACE Font face / family. FONTFACE="verdana,geneva,sans-serif"
FONTSIZE Font size + unit. Unit inevitably required. FONTSIZE="30px"
FONTWEIGHT Font weight. Available values: "normal" or "bold". FONTWEIGHT="bold"
LEFT Tooltip positioned on the left side of the mousepointer. LEFT="true"
OFFSETX Horizontal offset from mouse-pointer. OFFSETX="32"
OFFSETY Vertical offset from mouse-pointer. OFFSETY="32"
OPACITY Transparency of tooltip. Opacity is the opposite of transparency. Value must be a number between 0 (fully transparent) and 100 (opaque, no transparency). Not (yet) supported by Opera. OPACITY="50"
PADDING Inner spacing, i.e. the spacing between border and content, for instance text or image(s). PADDING="5"
SHADOWCOLOR Creates shadow with the specified color. Shadow width (strength) will be automatically processed to 3 (pixels) if no global shadow width setting can be found in in wz_tooltip.js, and the concerned html tag doesn"t contain a SHADOWWIDTH command. SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc"
SHADOWWIDTH Creates shadow with the specified width (strength). SHADOWWIDTH="6"
STATIC Like OS-based tooltips, the tooltip doesn"t follow the movements of the mouse-pointer. STATIC="true"
STICKY The tooltip stays fixed on it's initial position until another tooltip is activated, or the user clicks on the document. STICKY="true"
TEMP Specifies a time span in milliseconds after which the tooltip disappears, even if the mousepointer is still on the concerned HTML element, or if the STICKY command has been applied. Values <=0 make the tooltip behave "normally" as if no time span had been specified. TEMP="3500"
TEXTALIGN Aligns the text of both the title and the body of the tooltip. Values must be included in single quotes and can be either 'right', 'justify' or 'left', the latter being unnecessary since it is the preset default value. TEXTALIGN="right"
TITLE Title. Text in single quotes. Background color is automatically the same as the border color. TITLE="Some title"
TITLECOLOR Color of title text. TITLECOLOR="#ff6666"
WIDTH Width of tooltip. WIDTH="200"

General Settings

Make any settings changes in your SitePreferences? topic. Prefix the setting with TOOLTIPPLUGIN_ as in TOOLTIPPLUGIN_DEBUG = 1. This plugin does not read settings from this topic!

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = create Tool Tips for links

  • Debug plugin: (See output in data/debug.txt)
    • Set DEBUG = 0

  • Bypass Javascript load. Set to 1 if you will manually load the javascript as part of the page templates.
    • Set JSBYPASS =0

  • Force Javascript load. Set to 1 if you want the plugin to add the Javascript to all pages regardles of the presence or absence of a %TOOLTIP
    • Set JSFORCE =0

Plugin Installation Instructions

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the server where Foswiki is running.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip in your Foswiki installation directory. Content:
File: Description:
data/System/ToolTipPlugin.txt Plugin topic
lib/Foswiki/Plugins/ Plugin Perl module
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/ToolTipBackground.jpg sample image
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/ToolTipPhoto.gif sample image
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/wz_tooltip.js wz tooltip library
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/tip_centerwindow.js Support for tip centering
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/tip_followscroll.js Support for tip to remain stationary as page scrolls behind it.
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/tip_balloon.js Support for "Balloon" tips
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/balloon/lt.gif Images used to build "Balloon Tips"
pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/balloon_simple/lt.gif Images used to build "Balloon Tips"

Note: pub/System/ToolTipPlugin/wz_tooltip.js has been left with the default debug parameter enabled. The script recommends that the parameter be set to false when debugging of tooltips is no longer necessary. var tt_Debug = true

Note: The images supporting Balloon style tips are stored in sub-directories of the pub/System/ToolTipPlugin directory and are not managable from the Foswiki interface.

  • Test if the installation was successful:

Testing the plugin

If the javascript is available, the same tooltip is displayed if Plugin is installed and not:
With plugin :

Write: %TOOLTIP{TEXT="Whaoooo !" FONTCOLOR="#336699" TITLE="Nice tooltip, no ?" SHADOW="true" SHADOWCOLOR="#ccaacc" FONTSIZE="18px"}% put your mouse here, you should see a tooltip %TOOLTIP{END}

See: put your mouse here, you should see a tooltip
Without plugin :

Write: <a border="0" href="javascript:void(0);" onmouseover="Tip('Whaoooo !', FONTCOLOR, '#336699', TITLE, 'Nice tooltip, no ?', SHADOWCOLOR, '#ccaacc', SHADOW, 'true', FONTSIZE, '18px' )" onmouseout="UnTip()"> put you mouse here, you should see a tooltip <A>

See: put you mouse here, you should see a tooltip . but only if the wz_tooltip.js file has been loaded in the page templates.

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main/PatrickNomblot, Foswiki:Main/GeorgeClark
Plugin Version: 1357 (14 Dec 2008)
Change History:  
12 Dec 2008 Foswikitask:Item8027: Update to latest javascript code, Foswikitask:Item6013: Convert to registerTagHandler, Foswikitask:Item4485: (untested) - registerTagHandler might address this, not reproduced. Also restructured attachments for balloon tips, and converted to Foswiki name space.
20 Oct 2008 Foswiki:Main/GeorgeClark: Rewrite using registered tag handler. Add support for named section includes.
2 Oct 2008 Foswiki:Main/GeorgeClark: TWikibug:Item6040: Incomplete implementation of a TWiki::Func routine has security implications
28 Aug 2008 Foswiki:Main/GeorgeClark: TWikibug:Item5966: Syntax changed for calling wz_tooltip.js, updated to wz_tooltip.js V5.20, reworked documentation, .js file only included when %TOOLTIP is present in the topic. Also added support for optional extensions for balloon, scrolling and centered tips.
15 Apr 2006 TWiki:Main/SteffenPoulsen: Updated with new version of wz_tooltip.js (updated browser support), support for Dakar, cleaned up doc a bit
21 Nov 2003 TWiki:Main/PatrickNomblot: Initial version
10 Sep 2004 TWiki:Main/PatrickNomblot: tooltip text can comes from any TOPIC
29 Dec 2005 TWiki:Main/AndreUlrich: updated to wz_tooltip.js v. 3.38; added further parameters
Dependencies: None
Plugin Home:

Related Topics: %TWIKIWEB%.TWikiPreferences, %TWIKIWEB%.TWikiPlugins

-- TWiki:Main/PatrickNomblot - 21 Nov 2003

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