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CSS DEMOSPop-up images on inline links

Date : 20th July 2006

For all modern browsers

Based on the javascript version and my previous design for menu links, this one uses only CSS. This does mean that you will have to insert the image information by hand, but that is not really a problem. So links tothis web site can now have images on display. Let's see how long before this new site layout is displayed.

The above screen dumps no longer work so I have removed these pop ups, but you can also use any image you like, for instance if you were describing a sparrowsparrow you could have a pop-up image to show your visitors. This could be a link or just a reference image.


With the redesign of this site, I have had several requests to show how the old pop-up screen shots were done, such that when you hovered over a menu link you had a screen shot of the destination. Also I have seen this done using javascript for links to external websites.

So this is a combination of both ideas but done using just CSS.

The basic idea is to have the image in the link along with the text, then use CSS to give the image a zero size (you could use visibility:hidden;). The link is given a position relative and a high z-index to enable you to place the pop-up image in an absolute positon 'relative' to the link and to ensure that the pop-up image is placed on top of any surrounding elements.

When you hover over the link the image is then given its correct size and it pops-up, in this case beneath the link, but you can place it anywhere you like relative to the link.

This works in IE5.01 (although the z-index is ignored), IE5.5, IE6, Firefox, Opera 9 beta (Opera 9 has a bug) and probably most modern browsers on a PC and Mac.

23rd July 2006

Placing the <b> tag around the image and styling this instead make it sort of work in Opera.

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