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Text Hover

Add hover text to regular text in posts. Handy for providing explanations of names, terms, phrases, and acronyms mentioned in posts/pages.

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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Fantastic resource, requires some mods
By , for WP 4.1.4

I have found this to be a very useful plugin that has transformed my site. My site is dedicated to learning the 2000+ Japanese characters that are needed to read Japanese, and I use the plugin to provide users with on-the-fly translation of kanji into the English keyword used to remember that kanji.

A demo of the plugin and a post about my use of it is here...


It took me some time to configure the plugin to do exactly what I wanted, which is why I have not given it 5 stars, but the final result is worth 5 stars.

The configuration steps involved:
1) modding the css for the acronym class to provide a more subtle shadow effect
2) modding the tooltip appearance
3) editing the plugin php file directly to do some necessary replacements in the text so that matches could be detected at the end of paragraphs (see the support thread for a fix).

One more mod is still needed to allow matches to be detected when the text to be replaced is next to a <tag>. I know the author is working on this. For now I have to remember to put spaces around the kanji I want matched.

The author has been helpful in the support forum, though I managed to fix the issues myself.

The plugin could be improved if the backend provided custom css options with examples, and if the 'ignore' characters could be maintained as a list without editing the php file directly.

For people with no coding experience, it may end up being a little tricky to get everything just how you want it, but for anyone with a little php or css knowledge, the plugin can be a great addition to a site.

Almost perfect, almost.
By , for WP 4.1

Does what it says and easy to manage. The best part is that it works globally across your site, and doesn't clutter up your text with shortcode. Needs to include the < and > characters in its character ignore list, though. Otherwise, code tags touching the target word in the text editor cause the tooltips to not show up for that word. I would consider that a bug.

For example, with the following code ORT won't get a tooltip, but AFR will.
<li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ORT / AFR Trend</strong> – Displays the ORT rolling Annualized Failure Rate trend by fiscal workweek.</li>

Less on the bug side and more on the feature request side, I think the author should also consider adding the ( and ) characters to the ignore list, as the plugin won't work on target words in brackets, either. Better yet, how about a customizable ignore list of characters that we can add to, ourselves.

Like I said, almost perfect. I would highly recommend it as a nice, simple way to add tooltips to your text. Thank you to the author for developing this free plugin.

Functions well
By ,

Easy to use. Mathias CSS suggestion looks nice. Any suggestions on increasing the leading and changing the background color of the text box from yellow to a different color?

Seems Solid
By , for WP 3.5.1

Seems solid plugin. Would have given five stars if not for designed interference with acronym tag (an issue to the extent abbr tag increasingly in the picture). For instance, I was unable to over-ride the small caps font of browsers (for whatever reason).

Why not set-up for user-settable formats via <span> tag. I hacked the code for the $new_text to

$new_text = "$1<span style='" . "color:blue; border-bottom: 1px dotted #000; cursor: help;" . "' . title='" . esc_attr( addcslashes( $hover_text, '\\$' ) ) . "'>$2</span>$3";

As a part solution. Seems like developer should simply reserve a specific 'hover text' style perhaps.

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