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How to show alt text when a mouse moves over a button

Hi, all

I would like to create a button on a page. When the mouse is moved over the button, it should show an alt text "click me please". Please help me to do it. Thanks.
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jl2001
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jl2001
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dij8Commented:
Do you mean a form button or an image?

An image needs an alt attribute:
<img src="apicture.gif" width="230" height="300" alt="Click me please" />

A form button doesn't seem to work with the alt attribute but does with title (this may be an IE only thing, try alt as well):
<input type="Button" value="enter" alt="Click me please" title="Click me please">
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lexxwernCommented:
i think jl needs the tooltip instantly, http://dynamicdrive.com should get you a good one.
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ice911Commented:
i want you to know that there is a reason why there is not an alt attribute or really some kind of tooltip without cheating with script or something like flash.

the reason is because tooltip are used to give non-worded objects a little note to tell users what is that object.
it is kind of useless for a form button because the button should be descriptive enough. Unless this is an image button which is a different story, but if you must lexxwern is right you should try www.dynamicdrive.com it is a good place to start.
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dij8Commented:
If title works as it did for me then dynamicdrive tooltips are not necessary.
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lexxwernCommented:
it depends what jl wants.
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dorwardCommented:
As nobody has mentioned it yet I'll go in to my standard rant.

The alt attribute is not there to provide tooltips, arguments have been made that NS4.x/IE/other browsers that display it as a tooltip are broken, NS6+ doesn't render it as a tooltip. It is there so that authors can provide text to be displayed *instead* of an image in the event that the image can not be displayed (e.g. images disabled, blind user with screen reader).

Almost all tags (including images) accept a title attribute which is there to provide additional information and is often rendered as a tooltip.
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endamcgCommented:
Dorward hit the nail on the head. "Alternate" text, self explanatory.

If you need something extra, much better than what dynamic drive can offer (IMHO) is overLib, you can get it free here::
http://www.bosrup.com/web/overlib/
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dij8Commented:
You can go all fancy with dynamic floating tool tips but it is simply done by using "title".

jl2001, some feedback here would be good.  Have we yet covered what you want?  If not, can you give us some more information.
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jl2001Author Commented:
Hi, all

Sorry, I tried to connect to this site for many times but I couldn't.

I think "title" is the best way to do it. Thanks a lot.
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dij8Commented:
Glad to help.  Thanks for the A.
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