mike enriquez

Mac/iOS/Web Developer

Technical stuff

jQuery plugin EZPZ Tooltip

UPDATE April 12, 2009. Added the showContent and hideContent callbacks. Use these for custom effects. Also updated the demo for examples.

There are a ton of tooltip plugins for jQuery out there, but I couldn’t find one that works with the way I think. To me, it’s a simple concept: You hover over a target element, then some content shows up. It should be flexible enough to customize the look and feel without requiring the bloat of any CSS or images. Hover targets should be mapped to their content counterparts by convention. I think I’ve built just that with the EZPZ Tooltip.

Check out the demo here.


Basic Usage


We need two elements, one for the target and one for the content. Take note of the id attribute.

<span id="example-target-1">Hover over me</span>
<div id="example-content-1">Tooltip content</div>

The content can be any block level element. We can easily use an image for the content by doing something like this:

<img id="example-content-1" width="276" height="110" src="http://google.com/intl/en_ALL/images/logo.gif" alt="Google"/>

The Javascript

Bind the hover event by calling ezpz_tooltip() on the target element on the document ready event. I’ll explain the naming convention for the target and content elements later.



We need to hide the content of the tooltip and give it an absolute position (this may be done automatically in future versions of this plugin). This is where you can customize the look of the content by giving it a background image, borders, colors, etc…

#example-content-1 {
  display: none; /* required */
  position: absolute; /* required */
  padding: 10px; border: 1px solid black;
  background-color: white;

The Convention

By convention, the target and content elements are bound together by the name of their id attribute. The convention is this: (name)-target-(unique id) will be bound to (name)-content-(unique id). You can override this behavior by passing the id of the content to ezpz_tooltip() like so:

<div id="target">Hover over me</div>
<div id="content">I'm target's hover content</div>

Advanced Usage

Bind multiple tooltips

Typically, your page will have multiple tooltips on it.

<div class="tooltip-target" id="example-target-1">First Target</div>
<div class="tooltip-target" id="example-target-2">Second Target</div>
<div class="tooltip-target" id="example-target-3">Third Target</div>

<div class="tooltip-content" id="example-content-1">Content for first</div>
<div class="tooltip-content" id="example-content-2">Content for second</div>
<div class="tooltip-content" id="example-content-3">Content for third</div>

To bind all of the targets to their corresponding content, it takes only one line:


Calling ezpz_tooltip() on a class will bind the hover event to each element, and because of the naming convention it will know which content to display.

Custom content position

Defining and using a position function is done like this:

$.fn.ezpz_tooltip.positions.topLeft = function(contentInfo, mouseX, mouseY, offset, targetInfo) {
  contentInfo['top'] = 0;
  contentInfo['left'] = 0;
  return contentInfo;

  contentPosition: 'topLeft'

This topLeft example will position the content to the upper left corner of the window. You’ll probably need to use the parameters for your custom position, so here’s some detail on them:

For more examples of position functions, look towards the bottom of the jquery.ezpz_tooltip.js file.

Options and their defaults


The code is available on GitHub. The master branch contains the code for development. The minified branch contains the compacted version that should be used in production. The latest stable version can be downloaded below: