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From the API document for OpenLayers, I can tell that a FramedCloud has more functionalities than Framed, which in turn has more functionalities than Anchored. I am hoping for someone to describe these differences in a way which a lay person like me can understand. Thanks.

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check out OpenLayers Popup Matrix example here. it can help you to understand their structure. – Aragon Oct 23 '12 at 10:49
Provided link is dead. – Joel Jan 13 '15 at 19:35
To see the OpenLayers Popup Matrix go to the Open Layers Example Page and search for "Popup Matrix". – randlet Aug 2 '15 at 16:05

As @randlet and @Aragon mentioned, You might want to have a look at the following example: Popup Matrix

That only compares Anchored and FramedCloud variants. Visually one can see that the FramedCloud class Popup looks like a speech bubble with a arrow pointing to the anchor. Anchored class Popup is just a rectangle.

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