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Posted by Doug on April 16, 2007

1. The draft is now 12 days away. Don't forget about the first annual p-f-r draft prediction contest.

2. A p-f-r user named Steve pointed out an error at the site, which I corrected this weekend. In particular, the offensive team passing yard totals didn't match the defensive team passing totals for 2004, 2005, and 2006. I was showing net passing yards on the defensive side, and gross passing yards on the offensive side. Both sides now show gross yards. That is, sack yardage is not included. [As an aside, why in the world do I not include sack yardage, anyway? It's a long story that's not worth the time to tell because I'm about 99% sure that I will be including sack yardage on the team pages in the very near future.]

3. After reading last week's post about tooltips, my friend Justin from pointed out that the same effect can be achieved by simply using the HTML 'title' attribute of the 'a' tag. Go to a team page and mouse over the opponents in the game-by-game results to see the effect.

It occurs to me that this has several advantages.

  • It's much easier to implement. Not only does it not require javascript, it doesn't even require css.
  • The text does not pop up immediately; it only does so if you hover the mouse for a couple of beats. In the comments of the previous post, Vince remarked, "I hate websites that throw info/sounds/pics up at me when I did not request them." I definitely understand where he's coming from. But I wonder if this doesn't satisfy even Vince. I would argue that leaving your mouse on a link for at least a second is requesting the information. If you just run the mouse over it on your way to some other link, it doesn't appear at all. What say you, Vince?
  • With this scheme, no formatting (bold, tables, links, etc) is allowed. It has to be plain text and it has to be one line. I think this will keep me from being tempted to put too much information into a tooltip. If it's enough information to deserve formatting and/or more than one line, then it deserves its own page.

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