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How can I make the status line at the bottom of the browser show a message when the mouse passes over a link?

You may have noticed that on some pages when you have your mouse over a link, that a message appears on the bottom status line. Normally the URL or address of the link is displayed, but it is easy to change this browser feature.

Take a moment to pass your mouse over the graphic links at the top of the page, then pass them over the two links in the example below. Be sure to watch your status line while you do this.

If all went well, you should have seen a message displayed for the two links below that describe where you are going, as opposed to their URLs.




source code

  <a href="/index.shtml" onmouseover=
    "window.status=' Return to the HOME Page';return true"
     onMouseOut="window.status='';return true">
  <a href="/html.shtml" onmouseover=
    "window.status=' Return to the HTML TRICKS Page';return true"
     onMouseOut="window.status='';return true">
      <B>HTML TRICKS</B></A>
IMPORTANT: Be sure that the entire line containing window.status is on one line. It is okay to wrap around, but if you break the line in between quotes you will get a java error!

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