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Yongping Wang
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Hi, Dear everyone:
I have a question for you. I am just wondering if it is possible to pop up a message(just like in MS products) displaying some instruction when a cursor moves on a link (in a web page) but such message will be automatically gone if the cursor moves away. I appreciate it very much for any kind of help.
Have a nice weekend.
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Fred Abbot
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Phil Hanna
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The HTML 4.01 specification suggests using the "title" attribute in the link:
<a href="" title="Big Blue">IBM</a>
This works in Internet Explorer 5.5: if you move the mouse over the link and stop, it displays the title text in a popup. Netscape 4.75 doesn't appear to do anything with it.
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Tim Holloway
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Try doing a popup in JavaScript. I have something nice that way that I lifted from someone else's site.
Go to and mouse over the operating system names.

Customer surveys are for companies who didn't pay proper attention to begin with.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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