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Miscellaneous

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 basketball-reference.com 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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