Table of Contents
- Changing the Style of the Title Attribute using CSS
- Styling the Element’s Hover and ::after Separately
- Using a Different Style for the Custom Title
- Simulating a Custom Title by Showing an Element on Hover
Changing the Style of the Title Attribute using CSS
To give the title attribute a unique style using CSS, follow these steps:
- Set the
data-titleattribute on the element to the value of the
- When the user hovers over the element, use
::afterto create a pseudo-element that displays the custom title.
In the first step, assign the value of the
title attribute to the new
data-title attribute. This will be used to show the custom title when the user hovers over the element.
Make sure to set the position of the element to relative so that the tooltip’s position can be set to absolute.
Next, employ the
attr() CSS function to directly access the value of the
data-title attribute within the stylesheet.
You can also customize the color of the title text.
::after pseudo-element is created as the last child of the selected element.
The content of the pseudo-element will be the text from the
To position the tooltip, set the element’s position to absolute and utilize the
If the title text’s width exceeds that of the element, you may need to increase the
width property on hover or directly on the element itself.
We use the custom
data-title attribute so that the native title attribute doesn’t interfere with the custom title.
Keep in mind that the native title attribute cannot be styled directly through CSS.
However, by creating a custom title, you gain the ability to apply your desired style.
The style of the native title attribute varies slightly between browsers as it is defined by each browser individually.
Styling the Element’s Hover and ::after Separately
In certain cases, you may want to style the element’s
:hover state and
::after pseudo-element separately.
Here is an example that demonstrates this, utilizing a box-shadow to style the custom title.
::after pseudo-element is styled separately.
We again use the
attr() function to get the value of the
data-title attribute, as seen in the previous example.
This time, we also apply the
box-shadow CSS property to create a shadow effect.
Initially, we set the element’s opacity to 0 and visibility to hidden.
When the user hovers over the element, the pseudo-element’s visibility is changed to visible and its opacity to 1.
A transition is also set to create a quick animation when the tooltip becomes visible.
Feel free to adjust the values of the
left CSS properties to position the custom title to your liking.
The following example illustrates the difference between a custom title and the native title attribute.
Using a Different Style for the Custom Title
Here is an example that showcases a style closely resembling that of a native title attribute.
The provided code employs the
background-image CSS property to create a gradient background for the custom title.
Simulating a Custom Title by Showing an Element on Hover
You can also simulate a custom title by showing an element on hover.
In this case, there is no need to create a pseudo-element using
Instead, a hidden
span element is nested within the
a element’s position is set to relative.
Next, hide the
span element by setting its
display attribute to none.
When the user hovers over the
a element, the
display property of the
span element is set to block, revealing the custom title.
To position the title text elsewhere, utilize the
left CSS properties.
Depending on the width of your title text, you may also need to adjust the value of the
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