Web Design Tip #4: Using ToolTips Helps a LOT!!!!

ToolTips are really useful. If you are considering of making a web start-up. This tip would surely come in handy.

According to wikiperdia:

” The tooltip is a common graphical user interface element. It is used in conjunction with a cursor, usually a mouse pointer. The user hovers the cursor over an item, without clicking it, and a small box appears with supplementary information regarding the item being hovered over “

Where can we use ToolTips?

Most of the time, designers are not sure when we should use ToolTips. Lets us imagine a scenario where in user has to fill details. It would be really nice to put down a form tooltip to guide user on do’s-n-dont’s.

UserName <input type=”text”>

Now, if we apply a form tooltip, at the right-hand side a tip would appear when the user clicks on the text box.

“Choose username as smart as ur”

This not only helps in guiding the user about the details but also helps in creating humor šŸ™‚

Which are the free ToolTips we can use?

Im using YUI{Yahoo UI library} and it has some really powerful features for tooltips. Alternatively one can also use the below mentioned libraries which can surely help in grooving the UI.

1. ProtoTIP : Simple, sleak, beautiful, can add effects and AJAX support. Good for Prototype+ Scriptaculous libraries {Im using it as well}

2. Ask The CSS Guy : ONLY useful for forms

3. Nifty Corners Cube: Awesome library perfect for all rounded-corner needs

4. Last but not least, Google it šŸ™‚

If you know of any other library, drop in comments, I shall update the post.

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Web Design Tip#3: Epicentric Designing

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About srinix

I am Sridhar, a matured nut, on this planet with water, air and love ;)

One response to “Web Design Tip #4: Using ToolTips Helps a LOT!!!!”

  1. Nova says :

    A helpful tip indeed. Thanks Shri!

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