jQuery Pop Over Effects

This tutorial we will create a pop over box using the jQuery Javascript Framework. I will demonstrate a few of the animation option in jQuery and discuss why you should or shouldn’t use them.

I will be using a transparent .png for this tutorial. Not all browsers handle the transparency right. Also some browsers, like Internet Explorer, will display the transparency fine if it is a normal image on a page. When you try to animate that image you will get the “halo” effect. You will see what I mean later. If you are using a browser that supports transparent .png file, you will need to find the .png fix for it. Here are some png fixes for IE 5-7 , you can link directly to the files hosted at Google if you would like to.

Why jQuery? Basically I used jQuery here because it is fast and simple. You could accomplish all of the effects by writing you own Javasciprt, but why do that when the makers of jQuery have done it all for you?

First you will need to download the latest version of jQuery. At the time of the post the current version is called jquery-1.2.6.min.js. Save jQuery to the same folder you will be saving your html files to, I called mine jQuery.

Next we need to layout the page. I am not going to explain all of the code in this tutorial. If you don’t understand it please see our XHTML and CSS tutorials. The part that you will want to pay attention to is the pop up. Download the box.png file here (box.png):

Here is the source code for the page layout:

<title>jQuery Pop In</title>

<style type="text/css">
position: absolute;
text-align: center;

background: url('box.png') no-repeat;
width: 450px;
height: 425px;
margin: 0 auto;


<a href="#" id="in">Fade Box</a> <!-- Button to Fade the div in -->
<a href="#" id="show">Show Box</a> <!-- Button to Simply show the box with no effect -->
<a href="#" id="slide">Slide Box</a> <!-- Button to slide the box in -->

<div id="box"> <!-- This container centers the box in your browser windo -->

<div id="form"></div> <!-- This is the actual box.-->

</div><!-- end #box-->

</div><!-- end #form-->

<!-- the rest is the basic page layout-->
<div id="page">

<h2>This is the page</h2>
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So as you see we have the page with our pop box open.

Make sure that everything looks right; the box is showing and center, etc. Now we don’t want this popup to show by default so we will hide it. In the CSS we will set the display value to none on the #box. Add the line ‘display: none;’ to the existing css code.