dynamic content pop up

hi i don't know if this would be the right section to ask this question cos it sounded more JS then php.

I have afew links of vessel name. i want to be able to move my mouse over it and a pop up will appear showing me details of the vessel.
the detail are extracted from mysql.
The pop up willl close when i move my mouse away from the link.

please help
mysticaljoeyAsked:
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gr8gonzoConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
You could always use OverLib as well:
http://www.bosrup.com/web/overlib/

It's pretty flexible in what it can do.

- Jonathan
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Diablo84Commented:
Use a script like this one (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex5/dhtmltooltip.htm) to handle the tooltip pop up then when you call the script you can do this:.

This is the example of a static link with a tool tip (from the link):

<a href="http://site.com" onMouseover="ddrivetip('JavaScriptKit.com JavaScript tutorials','yellow', 300)" onMouseout="hideddrivetip()">Link</a>

To make it dynamic, you could do this:

<?php
$conn = mysql_connect("host","username","password") or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("db_name",$conn) or die(mysql_error());

$query = "SELECT * FROM tablename";
$query = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());

//now you have the results returned from the query you can use various methods to
//output them example: taking a field from the first row returned

$output = mysql_result($query,0,"field_name");
?>

<a href="http://site.com" onMouseover="ddrivetip('<?php echo $output; ?>','yellow', 300)" onMouseout="hideddrivetip()">Link</a>
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Diablo84Commented:
Here are two references to the manual that you will need for information about outputting the results returned from the query:

http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-result.php

and:

http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-fetch-assoc.php

Both include examples of use.
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RoonaanCommented:
As quite a lot of browsers support popupblocking, you could consider using absolute positioned popup divs instead. These are hidden and will be shown using javascript. Another things is that these kind of webpages can easily be generated using php/mysql.

regards

-r-

example:  (vesseldetails-divs are not absolutely position yet, but this example just shows hiding/unhiding)

<html>
<head>
<script type="text/javascript">
function showDetails(detailid)
{
  var elems = document.getElementsByTagName('div');
  for(i = 0; i < elems.length; i++)
  {
     if(elems[i].className == 'vesseldetails')
     {
         elems[i].style.display = (elems[i].id == detailid ? '' : 'none');
     }
  }
  return false;
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<div><button onclick="return showDetails('ves1');">Vessel 1</button></div>
<div><button onclick="return showDetails('ves2');">Vessel 2</button></div>
<div><button onclick="return showDetails('ves3');">Vessel 3</button></div>
<div class="vesseldetails" id="ves1" style="display:none;">v1</div>
<div class="vesseldetails" id="ves2" style="display:none;">v2</div>
<div class="vesseldetails" id="ves3" style="display:none;">v3</div>
</body>
</html>
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_GeG_Commented:
you can use plain css to accomplish that, without an scripting, see
http://www.madaboutstyle.com/tooltip2.html
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RoonaanCommented:
As it concerns a popup with possible some interactive content, or content which users might want to copy, css is a nice solution, but not sufficient as the popup disappears when you want to move your mouse onto it.

-r-
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_GeG_Commented:
[quote]...to move my mouse over it and a pop up will appear showing me details of the vessel.
the detail are extracted from mysql.
The pop up willl close when i move my mouse away from the link.[/quote]
CSS is perfect for those requirements.
using the madaboutstyle example, tha code would look like
<?php
while ($row=mysql_fetch_row($result)){
    echo "<a href=\"{$row['link']}\" class="info">{$row['name']}<span>{$row['details']}</span></a><br>\n";
}
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