Hints may be used within fields, displaying a small question mark icon after (or before) the field title.


See the little question mark icon above? When a user moves their mouse over the icon (or clicks in, optionally), a tooltip will display with additional information you provide. How do it all work? Please continue reading.

A little housework

There are some settings you must specify in the setArguments section of the sample-config.php file (or whatever you have chosen to name your config file). The hints array. Should these not be specified, Redux will use the default settings (explain below). The hints array contains several settings, and a few setting arrays so that the hints feature may be customized as desired. Each will be explained as we go.

Here is what the default settings inside your global arguments array would look like:

    $this->args = array(
        // ... (list of other arguments in the args array)

        // HINTS
        'hints' = array(
            'icon'              => 'el icon-question-sign',
            'icon_position'     => 'right',
            'icon_color'        => 'lightgray',
            'icon_size'         => 'normal',

            'tip_style'         => array(
                'color'     => 'light',
                'shadow'    => true,
                'rounded'   => false,
                'style'     => '',
            'tip_position'      => array(
                'my' => 'top left',
                'at' => 'bottom left',
            'tip_effect' => array(
                'show' => array(
                    'effect'    => 'slide',
                    'duration'  => '500',
                    'event'     => 'mouseover',
                'hide' => array(
                    'effect'    => 'slide',
                    'duration'  => '500',
                    'event'     => 'click mouseleave',

I know that code must seem a little intimidating, but really, it is not. We’ll start at the top.

NOTE: These settings are global, which means they will apply to all tool-tips on any given panel.


Name Type Default Description
icon string ‘el icon-question-sign’ The icon from the Elusive Icon pack that represents the object where the tool-tip will appear, This happens when the user mouses over (or clicks, if set) the icon.
icon_position string ‘right’ Choose between right or left. The hint icon will appear either to the left of the field title, or to the far right.
icon_color hex string ‘lightgray’ This argument sets the color of the hint icon.
icon_size string ‘normal’ Choose between normal (16px) or large (18px). There are the only two sizes that work well with the feature. Anything else is too small or too big.
tip_style Array An array containing the color, shadow, rounded and style properties for the tool-tip. See the Tool-tip Style options below.
tip_position Array An array containing the my and at options, which determines in the placement of the tool-tip in relation to the hint icon. See the Tool-tip Positioning section below.
tip_effect Array An array containing the show and hide arrays. Both arrays contain the tool-tip effect properties. These include effect, duration, and event for both `andshow`. See the Tool-tip Effects Options below.

Tool-tip Styling Options

Name Type Default Description
color string ‘light’ This argument accepts the following colors: cream(default), light, dark, red, green, blue
shadow bool false When set, this flag determines if a shadow will appear behind the tool-tip.
rounded bool false When set, this flag determines if the corners of the tool-tip will be rounded.
style string The argument accepts the following styles, which determines the style in which the tool-tip will be displayed: youtube, tipsy, bootstrap, tipped, jtools, and cluetip (not shown),

Tool-tip Position Options

Name Type Default Description
my string ‘top left’ The area on the tool-tip in which the tip arrow (that points to the hint icon) will appear. See NOTES below.
at string ‘bottom right’ The area on the tool-tip target in which the tool-tip will appear. See NOTES below.

NOTES: With the exception of the value center, the values must be passed with a horizontal value on the left (top, center, or bottom), and a vertical value on the right (left, center, right). Any other incorrect or misspelled combination of values will force Redux to use the default value. See the diagram below:


Tool-tip Effect Options

Name Type Default Description
show array The array which holds the effect, duration, and event properties for displaying the tool-tip. See below
hide array The array which holds the effect, duration, and event properties for dismissing the tool-tip. See below.

Show and Hide arguments.

Name Type Default Description
effect string slide Choose between '' (a blank string), slide, and fade
duration int 500 The number of microseconds (1 second = 1000) used for the effect to take place.
event string show: mouseover, hide: unfocus mouseleave A single or combination of events that defines the behavior in which the tool-tip will appear. Generally, for the show event, one might use mouseover or click. For the hide event, any combination of of click, mouseleave and/or unfocus. The unfocus flag is used so the user may click anywhere on the screen to dismiss the tool-tip.

Using Hints with Fields

Once the Hint arguments are set, adding Hints to your fields is as easy as adding the following argument to your field array.

    $field['hint'] = array(
            'title'   => 'Hint Title',
            'content' => 'This is the content of the tool-tip'

The argument must be an array, but adding a title is optional. The content argument accepts HTML styling. The inclusion of the hint argument instructs Redux to automatically generate the hint icon. There is no need to set any other argument.

Using Hints with Text Boxes

In addition to using Hints to add additional information to the field itself, Hints may also be used to popup a tool-tip when a user clicks on a text box. Enabling this feature is also as easy as adding a single array based argument to the text field.

    $field['text_hint'] = array(
            'title'   => 'Entry required!',
            'content' => 'This field may not be left blank.'

Adding this argument to the text field will display a tool-tip when the text field is selected. As with the Hints feature, the title is optional and HTML is accepted in the content argument.