When you want to display a tool tip against a control in a
div, you might experience some problems like the controls appearing in front and the tool tip text appearing in the background. The problem occurs when the controls on your page have no z-index and you want a
div to display the tool tip. The z-index property sets the stack order of an element. An element with greater stack order is always in front of another element with lower stack order.
Drop-down and list boxes do not have a z-index property; these are window level controls. When you want to show a
div in a page that contains these controls, you will face an overlapping problem. The following screen shows a drop-down list and a list box control. These controls will overlap the
div that shows the tool tip text. This is a well-known problem with the IE 6 browser.
For example, consider that you have a
div and where to show it. Now if some window controls like combo box or list box exist, then user will not be able to see the whole text in the
div, as these controls overlap the
There might be many solutions to this problem, but I am using a very simple approach. This approach uses an iframe and it shows an iframe exactly at the
div position. Further iframes should have the same height and width as the
You can easily control the height and width of the iframe, as you already know the
div height and width.
Using the code
Place an iframe at the top:
<iframe width="0" scrolling="no" height="0"
frameborder="0" class="iballoonstyle" id="iframetop">
var layer = document.getElementById(divTip.id);
layer.style.display = 'block';
var iframe = document.getElementById('iframetop');
iframe.style.display = 'block';
iframe.style.width = layer.offsetWidth-5;
iframe.style.height = layer.offsetHeight-5;
iframe.style.left = layer.offsetLeft;
iframe.style.top = layer.offsetTop;
divTip.id will be the ID of your
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- .NET Technologies
- MS CRM
- BizTalk Server
- 29 August, 2007 -- Original version posted
- 4 September, 2007 -- Article edited and moved to the main CodeProject.com article base