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Call data from MYSQL to a mouseover event

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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Can some one please point me in the right direction. I need to call data from a MYSQL database to a mouseover event.
Basically the user logs onto a php page where they update the db with information. At the moment the is shown in a small box on the homepage. But I think it's a bit cluttered so I want people to see the information when they hover over the departments rather than everybody's information shown.

I have tried onmouseover="box(<?php echo $row_callbox['dept']; ?>')" but have soon found out that wont work anyway. I have read that I need to use ajax but I have little knowledge of it.

Can someone maybe point me in the right direction or give a few tips?
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