CooTips (1.00)

CooTips is a JavaBean that allows you to attach 
tooltips to components such as buttons, listboxes, 
and choices in applets and applications.  
It also allows you to attach sounds to components.

Note: Cootips requires a JDK1.1 environment since
      Cootips is usually used with components'
      mouseEnter event which is supported in
      a JDK1.1 environement(JDK1.0 only supports
      mouseEnter for containers). 

      IE (4.x) is the best browser to view Cootips.

      Netscape 4.x doesn't provide a complete JDK1.1 environment
      unless you use an upgraded Netscape.


If you test Cootips locally, please DON'T simply double click at test_ct.htm. Instead, you should open a browser first then drag the icon of test_ct.htm from Windows Explorer and drop it into the browser.
TheAdware version is FREE. A major difference between an Adware version and a registered shareware version is that Adware version randomly replaces your tips with author's ad.


tipsWindowWidth - width of the tips window tipsFont - font of the tips text - context of tooltips. This property is shared by all components using CooTips. You don't need to set it separately. It will be set by setTips method. setTips is the only method you need to call to control Cootips. Only 100 charaters are allowed in an Adware version. audioFile - complete URL of audio file. Similar to property "text", this property will be set by setTips. tipsForeground - foreground color of tips tipsBackground - background color of tips maxStoredSound - size of sound cache. To save loading time(avoid reload audio files loaded proviously, Cootips caches audio files it loads. You better set this size to the total number of audio files used by Cootips since old ones will be overwriten when the cache is not big enough. defaultX - default X position of tips window. If you use Cootips in an applet you may want specify a default value for it and set property useDefaultPosition to true since Cootips has difficulty to detect mouse cursor in applets. defaultY - default Y position of tips window. useDefaultPosition - if ture, Cootips uses the postion specified by defaultX and defaultY. It is usually used for an applet. soundLoop - if true, Cootips play sound repeatly

The key to attach Cootips to your components:

You only need one instance of Cootips to provide tooltips and sound to all your components. You need to call one and only one method, setTips, from MouseEntered event handler of each component which you like to attach a tooltips or a sound to in an applet or application. For example, for button1, you need to do following to attach a tooltips and a sound to it: void button1_MouseEntered(java.awt.event.MouseEvent event) { cootips.setTips(event, "put your tips content here", "", false); } where the first parameter - the event passed by the MouseEntered event handler This event handler is used to target the position of the component in an application. It is ignore in an applet. Cootips will ignore it if it is set to null. the second one - content of tips. Set it to "" if you like to hide the tips window. You usually call setTips with "" as the second parameter in MouseEntered of the container(parent of components) such a panel, an applet, or a window so that as soon as mouse cursor exit components - that is, as soon as it enter components' parents, tips window is hidden. the third one - the complete URL of the audio file. You can set it to "" if you don't want sound for this component. the forth one - play sound repeatly if true. the default is false. There are may overload versions of setTips(that is, you can set tips in any of following formats): public void setTips() public void setTips(String text) public void setTips(String text, String audioFile) public void setTips(String text, String audioFile, boolean soundLoop) public void setTips(java.util.EventObject tipsEvent, String text) public void setTips(java.util.EventObject tipsEvent, String text, String audioFile) public void setTips(java.util.EventObject tipsEvent, String text, String audioFile, boolean soundLoop) where all the ignore arguments are set to "" or false. For example, setTips(String text) sets audioFile="" and soundLoop=false. It is recommended that you use the first group(without argument "event") for applets and the second group(with argument "event") for applications. For example, if you dont't want sound in an applet, you may call void button1_MouseEntered(java.awt.event.MouseEvent event) { cootips.setTips("put your tips content here"); } If you only like to have sound without looping but no tips, you may call void button1_MouseEntered(java.awt.event.MouseEvent event) { cootips.setTips("", ""); }

Sample Codes

Here is the source codes of the applet,, which uses CooTips in the demo page.

Installation Instructions:

0). Download Cootips at html/bean_ct.htm 1). Unzip to, say c:\my_bean you will get following files c:\my_bean\file_id.diz c:\my_bean\Readme.txt c:\my_bean\cootips.jar c:\my_bean\test_ct.class c:\my_bean\test_ct$SymMouse.class c:\my_bean\test_ct.htm c:\my_bean\ c:\my_bean\ 2). Upload files on to your server, say You need to upload following files to your server and you will get them as following$SymMouse.class 3). Try it online. Browse with IE 4.x or upgrated Netscape. Note: a regular Netscape browser downloaded from Netscape won't work. You need to upgrate it to support JDK1.1. Go to upgrate it. Or simply switch to IE (4.x)