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jQuery accessible simple tooltip window, using ARIA

This jQuery plugin will provide you an accessible and simple non-modal tooltip, using ARIA.


You can download and install the plugin via:

  • npm: $ npm i jquery-accessible-simple-tooltip-aria
  • bower: $ bower install jquery-accessible-simple-tooltip-aria


The demo is here:

Why it is accessible

  • It relies on ARIA Design pattern for Tooltips;
  • Thanks to aria-describedby and ids generated on the fly, you never loose any information;
  • You can close it using Esc.

How it works


Basically, the scripts wraps each class="js-simple-tooltip" into a span class="<your-prefix-class>-container" and adds the content into a hidden content next to it. Once you focus or hover the element with class="js-simple-tooltip", it is displayed.

You can use it on the tag you want (input, button, a…)

jQuery Plugin

  simpletooltipText: title


No license problem, it uses MIT license, so it’s free, open-source and you can do whatever you want with it, including commercial use (permission notice)

Options and attributes

Use data-simpletooltip-text or data-simpletooltip-content-id attributes on an element to activate the tooltip.

  • Simply put class="js-simpletooltip" on a button to activate the script.
  • Attribute data-simpletooltip-prefix-class (non mandatory): the prefix to all style classes of the tooltip (useful to set up different styles).
  • Attribute data-simpletooltip-text: the text of your tooltip.
  • Attribute data-simpletooltip-content-id: the id of (hidden) content in your page that will be put into your tooltip.
  • Attribute data-simpletooltip-wrapper-tag: the tag used for wrapping your tooltip (span by default).
  • Attribute data-simpletooltip-tag: the tag used for your tooltip (span by default).

How to style it

/* it will work better with this box-sizing, you may adapt it to your needs */
/*html { box-sizing: border-box; }
*, *:before, *:after {
  box-sizing: inherit;

/* Tooltip hidden by default */
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip[aria-hidden="true"] {
  display: none;
/* position relative for containers */
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip_container {
  position: relative;
  display: inline;

/* tooltip styles */
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip {
  position: absolute;
  display: inline-block;
  z-index: 666;
  width: 10em;
  border-radius: .5em;
  background: rgba( 0, 0, 0, .9 );
  color: #eee;
  padding: .5em;
  text-align: left;
  line-height: 1.3;
.minimalist-simpletooltip {
  right: auto;
  left: 100%;
  margin-left: .5em;
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip {
  right: 100%;
  left: auto;
  margin-right: .5em;
/* used pseudo-element to make arrows */
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip::before {
  content: '';
  speak: none;
  position: absolute;
  z-index: 666;
  width: 10px;
  height: 10px;
.minimalist-simpletooltip::before {
  top: .5em;
  left: -10px;
  margin-left: -10px;
  border: 10px solid transparent;
  border-right: 10px solid rgba( 0, 0, 0, .9 );
.minimalist-left-simpletooltip::before {
  top: .5em;
  right: -10px;
  margin-right: -10px;
  border: 10px solid transparent;
  border-left: 10px solid rgba( 0, 0, 0, .9 )

/* it can be easily adapted in media-queries for tablets/mobile */

/* for this example: mobile */
@media (max-width: 44.375em) {

  .minimalist-left-simpletooltip  {
    top: 100%;
    left: 50%;
    right: 0;
    margin: 0;
    margin-top: .7em;
    margin-left: -5em;
  .minimalist-left-simpletooltip::before  {
    top: -10px;
    right: auto;
    left: 50%;
    margin-left: -5px;
    margin-top: -10px;
    border: 10px solid transparent;
    border-bottom: 10px solid rgba( 0, 0, 0, .9 );



<button class="js-simple-tooltip"
 data-simpletooltip-text="Cool, it works!">
  Hover or focus me to show the tooltip

<button class="js-simple-tooltip"
  Show me another tooltip
<div id="tooltip-case_1" class="hidden">Woot, you can take the content of a hidden block.</div>


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