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Cold Fusion CFToolTips – Pushing the Limits

In this tutorial, Cold Fusion CFToolTips – Pushing the Limits, I will be demonstrating the cftooltip tag and what you can do with it. I will show you how you can do more advanced things with the cftooltips and I will be pushing the tag to its limits. I got the idea from one of my favorites CF Gurus, Raymond Camden. But my tooltip is a little bit more advanced as I am pulling all of my data from an xml file. Here is a link to the original article by Raymond that I used to create this tooltip in our companies intranet site. The files I created for this article is a scaled down version of what I implemented in our intranet site. I will also included the demo files used so you can download the files and place them on your Cold Fusion server to see them in action.

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Of course, if you have been reading my previous post, I have to support older versions of IE. So I found this EXCELLENT open source library to support CSS3 in IE called CSS3 Pie. Pie makes Internet Explorer 6 – 9 capable of rendering several of the most useful CSS3 decoration features. This allows my styling of the tooltips, rounded corners, to look good in the older IE browsers. The first section of code is the css styles for the tooltips. These styles are what actual style the tooltip sections. Also I have my IE fix using the CSS3 pie library.

<style type="text/css"><!--
.yui-tt {
    padding: 20px;
    padding-bottom: 30px;
	border-radius: 10px;
	-moz-border-radius: 10px;
	behavior: url(pie/;
  .logos ul {
	  list-style: none;
  .logos li {
	  display: inline;	  


Now this section of code is the engine that drives the tooltips to push them to their limit.
First, I find my xml file on my server (your url path will be different) and then parse the file and save it as mydoc variable. Then I create an array to place all my data from my xml file. My data is just a simple xml file with 3 different major league baseball teams with 4 pieces of information(id, team, league, website). I then loop through all the data and set all of the information to their corresponding values within the array. I then use this array to provide my information to the tooltips. ** Please not that I have tried many different syntax plugins and all of them do not seem able to correctly handle the cold fusion language and it injects code. For example, as the end of the code in the syntax box, there are multiple cf closing tags that do not belong there but the plugin injects them in there. be sure to download the tutorial source files for the accurate code.

<!--- This line makes a call to my xml that holds all my data --->
<cffile action="read" file="" variable="myxml">
<!-- Parse and set my data in a variable --->
<cfset mydoc = XmlParse(myxml)>
<!--- run through all my data and set up the array --->
</cfset><cfset numItems = ArrayLen(mydoc.imagesSections.images.XmlChildren)>
    </cfset><cfset orderquery = QueryNew("id, name, league, website") >
    </cfset><cfset temp = QueryAddRow(orderquery, #numItems#)>
    <cfloop index="i" from = "1" to = #numItems#>
        <cfset temp = QuerySetCell(orderquery, "id",
        </cfset><cfset temp = QuerySetCell(orderquery, "name",
            #mydoc.imagesSections.images.imagesDetails[i], #i#)>
        </cfset><cfset temp = QuerySetCell(orderquery, "league",
            #mydoc.imagesSections.images.imagesDetails[i].XmlAttributes.league#, #i#)>
       </cfset><cfset temp = QuerySetCell(orderquery, "website",
            #mydoc.imagesSections.images.imagesDetails[i], #i#)>            
<div id="wrapper">     
            <div class="logos">
                  <!-- info for logo 1 ---> 
                	<cfset image_path = "images/bRedsoxLogoLarge.png" >            
					<cfimage name="large_preview" source="#image_path#">
					<cfset imageScaleToFit(large_preview,400,400,'bicubic')>
					<cfsavecontent variable="tooltip_image1">
    					<cfimage source="#large_preview#" action="writeToBrowser" text="text image">
                		<br />
                		Name: <cfoutput>[1]#</cfoutput><br />
                		League: <cfoutput>#orderquery.league[1]#</cfoutput><br />
                		View: <cfoutput><a href="[1]#">Website:</a></cfoutput><br />       
                	<cftooltip tooltip="#tooltip_image1#" hidedelay="5000">
                		<img src="images/bRedsoxLogoSmall.png" alt="Boston Red Sox"  />
     			<!--- info for logo 2 --->
					</cfset><cfset image_path = "images/hAstrosLogoLarge.png" >            
					<cfimage name="large_preview" source="#image_path#">
					<cfset imageScaleToFit(large_preview,350,350,'bicubic')>
					<cfsavecontent variable="tooltip_image2">
    					<cfimage source="#large_preview#" action="writeToBrowser" text="text image">
                		<br />
                		Name: <cfoutput>[2]#</cfoutput><br />
                		League: <cfoutput>#orderquery.league[2]#</cfoutput><br />
                		View: <cfoutput><a href="[2]#">Website:</a></cfoutput><br />        
                	<cftooltip tooltip="#tooltip_image2#" hidedelay="5000">
                    	<img src="images/hAstrosLogoSmall.png" alt="Houston Astros" />
                <!--- info for logo 3 --->
					</cfset><cfset image_path = "images/sfGiantsLogoLarge.png" >            
					<cfimage name="large_preview" source="#image_path#">
					<cfset imageScaleToFit(large_preview,350,350,'bicubic')>
					<cfsavecontent variable="tooltip_image3">
    					<cfimage source="#large_preview#" action="writeToBrowser" text="text image">
                		<br />
                		Name: <cfoutput>[3]#</cfoutput><br />
                		League: <cfoutput>#orderquery.league[3]#</cfoutput><br />
                		View: <cfoutput><a href="[3]#">Website:</a></cfoutput><br />        
                	<cftooltip tooltip="#tooltip_image3#" hidedelay="5000">
                    	<img src="images/sfGiantsLogoSmall.png" alt="San Francisco Giants" />


Here is what the layout looks like.

Now you will just hover over one of the logos and the tooltip will appear as such:

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WordPress Beginners Tutorial – Building a Theme Options Page

WordPress Beginners Tutorial – Building a Theme Options Page

After many hours of searching the web, looking for some great WordPress admin theme options page tutorials, I have found a lot of different methods which became confusing and complicated. So after many hours of learning and understanding how to create an options page, and after including an options page for some of my clients, I decided to create the most BASIC tutorial on this issue. I will try to be as basic and simple as possible so beginners can follow along easily. This tutorial expects the user to have a beginner background in html, php and WordPress. This tutorial will show the very minimal things to code to get a working options page in your WordPress theme. After you start to understand and learn the basics, then you can branch out and find some more advanced tutorials. So here we go. To set this up, say we are creating a brand new WordPress theme called Blitz. If there already is a WordPress theme called Blitz, this tutorial has no relationship to that theme and is purely by coincidence. Of course with our new Blitz theme, we have a folder called Blitz under our themes folder and includes the very basic files that are required for a WordPress Theme. The files we have in our Blitz folder are index.php, header.php, footer.php, style.css and functions.php.

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