Grumble.js, a jQuery tooltip plugin by the developers of Huddle.com, enables us to create tooltips as bubble-shaped.
The positioning can be rotated around a given element at any angle, all 360 degrees. Any distance can be specified. Any CSS style can be applied. There’s auto-magic size adjustment for use with localised text. FX queues for animating multiple grumbles. And it works in IE6+, and modern browsers.
Bubbles come from a sprite image and the plugin decides which image to use according to the size of the text.
Tooltips are displayed with a fadeIn/fadeOut effect, can be set to auto-disappear or stay visible until they are closed.
There are also callbacks on every level:
grumble.js uses buzzwords like CSS3 and ‘maths’ to position itself exactly where you want it. Modern browsers use CSS3 transforms with IE6+ using non-standard Matrix filters. Image spriting is used for actual bubble image, you can change this as you want – it’s just CSS.