title tags March 10, 2007 5:54 AM   Subscribe

How can I get y2karl's informative pop up title tags to fit my browser window consistently? On the current post the prospect magazine snippet is an almost square box - which fits fine - and the NYT snippet is so wide that I cannot read it all.
posted by dash_slot- to Bugs at 5:54 AM (22 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

This has been so for ages but I decided not to add to the old controversy over his posting style back in the day. I really like y2karls stuff - I want to enjoy them even more.
posted by dash_slot- at 5:54 AM on March 10, 2007

This is not a solution, but apparently the box formats as wide as the bottom url link address, so, since the NYT url is really long, the box is stretching long enough to accommodate it without putting a line break in the address.
posted by taz at 6:16 AM on March 10, 2007

What you describe doesn't seem to happen with IE - the pop-up boxes are all the same size.
posted by yhbc at 7:10 AM on March 10, 2007

This would be a good place to bring up the following issue. After clicking on a link in firefox where a pop-up title tag is present, the pop-up title stays on the page even after moving the mouse away from the link. Anybody else see this behavior? A quick refresh of the page takes care of it, so it's not a big deal. I'm just curious.
posted by Roger Dodger at 7:16 AM on March 10, 2007

Roger: yes I see that too, but not always.

yhbc: IE definitely improves the display, neat little boxes in contrasting background colour makes it all easier to read.

matt: is there anything that mefi can do to improve this or are we stuffed?
posted by dash_slot- at 7:24 AM on March 10, 2007

Related: in my "Preferences", I selected "No" at "Show dhtml link titles?" and they show up anyway (XP, FF2.0).
posted by bru at 8:28 AM on March 10, 2007

For what it's worth, I found the titles I made for that last post worked in preview but not after I made the post. So, I plan on putting less text into the titles from now on so as not to push that particular envelope.
posted by y2karl at 9:07 AM on March 10, 2007

That is up to you, and I don't mind what length your titles are...just the width. (",)
posted by dash_slot- at 9:39 AM on March 10, 2007

I have the same problem, Roger Dodger.
posted by brundlefly at 11:12 AM on March 10, 2007

ditto, Rodger Dodger - the pop-up is often persistent and I have to hit browser refresh. But not always.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:24 AM on March 10, 2007

For me, both IE and FF show the title tag information with varying widths depending on the length of the link. Only FF has the issue with the persistent display. I don't use any customizing scripts.
posted by taosbat at 11:41 AM on March 10, 2007

I don't know if this would address your problem (you don't mention what browser you're using, although your later comment implies FF?), but I have the Long Titles plug-in installed for FF, and the boxes look beautiful to me. Of course, I've also since upgraded to FF, so maybe they're fixed in the more recent builds anyway. Or maybe you're using IE.
posted by Banky_Edwards at 12:09 PM on March 10, 2007

I installed the Long Titles add-on and it no effect on the width issue but it does seem to fix the persistent pop-up problem. I'm using FF
posted by taosbat at 12:40 PM on March 10, 2007

For me, I just get a bout 20 words or so and then some ellipsis...
posted by delmoi at 1:00 PM on March 10, 2007

I'm on FF, and I'm gonna d/l the long titles now. Ta.
posted by dash_slot- at 1:11 PM on March 10, 2007

Didn't solve it. Bah!
posted by dash_slot- at 1:14 PM on March 10, 2007

Weird, I got ff and the long titles add-on and it works fine.
posted by puke & cry at 2:15 PM on March 10, 2007

When I hover over "A United Kingdom? Maybe," I get a substantial horizontal scrollbar as the link extends beyond my view in a screen well over 1000 pixels wide.
posted by taosbat at 2:24 PM on March 10, 2007

Please to smack y2karl upside his head to make him stop, kthxbi

j/k luvyakarl
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:45 PM on March 10, 2007

Matt's using the very old nicetitles script. There have been better solutions since. As I mentioned in another context, I think the best of the new crop is Dustin Diaz's, which would solve the problem, I think. It would be a minute's work to replace the script, if so.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:25 PM on March 10, 2007

I'm guessing that you're not very bothered by this, matt.
posted by dash_slot- at 7:45 AM on March 11, 2007

It doesn't really fix the persistent pop-ups, either.
posted by taosbat at 9:37 PM on March 11, 2007

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