Question: Balloon Help for Web-application?

Subject: Question: Balloon Help for Web-application?
From: Steven Oppenheimer <Steven -at- OppenheimerCommunications -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:32:20 -0400

A client has a Web-based application, and I've created a context-sensitive help system using RoboHTML.

Now, however, the client wants to do something along the following lines:

When users put their cursor over keywords in the application (or, possibly, if they click on those keywords), some kind of "balloon" type help opens up, with either definitions of the key term, or a brief snippet of help, but without opening the full Help system.

Obviously, balloon help is possible for native Windows-based applications, but can you do the same thing for Web-based apps? And if so, is it possible to implement this using RoboHTML, or is there some other software tool or resource that would enable this? Ideally, of course, the goal would be to draw from text in the Help system I've already created.

Any basic tips or hints would be appreciated.

Steve O.

Steven Oppenheimer, M.A.
Oppenheimer Communications
Technical and Business Writing: From Complexity To Clarity (SM)
Steven -at- OpComm -dot- com (301) 468-9233


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