This has been a nice conversation and there are lots of nice examples, however, no one has truly answered my question...
I wanted to know how the Kansas City Star created their specific pop-up window in this article.
Some key things to notice in that link...
1.) When you click on the link it does not dim the entire screen and/or background
2.) You don't get some gaudy looking "X" all the way in the upper right-hand corner of your screen
The things I like about what the Kansas City Star did is that...
1.) The background is not darkened
2.) The "controls" on the pop-up are barely noticeable and thus do not distract like most of the examples posted here
3.) All I have to do to close the pop-up is hit "ESC" on my keyboard, which means my hands never leave the keyboard. (It is a pain in the **** to have to mouse all over the place, and that is a main reason users get annoyed by pop-up windows. They slow you down having to click all over the place?!)
4.) The box borders and control text is a nice light grey and again it does not distract from what is important ---> the content!!
So, does anyone know how to easily mimic what they did in this article and have it be cross-platform/cross-browser friendly (except for aybe IE6)??
Thanks for all of the input, but I'm being pretty picky on this one. :angel4: