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jQuery Plugin: Tokenizing Autocomplete Text Entry

By James Smith - http://loopj.com

Overview

This is a jQuery plugin to allow users to select multiple items from a predefined list, using autocompletion as they type to find each item. You may have seen a similar type of text entry when filling in the recipients field sending messages on facebook.

License

This plugin is licensed under both the GPL and MIT licenses. Choose which ever one suits your project best.

How to Use This jQuery Plugin:

  • Make sure you have jquery script included on your page
  • Include jquery.tokeninput.js on your page
  • Include one of the provided stylesheets, or make your own

Create a server-side script (php/rails/django anything goes) to generate the search results.

The script itself can fetch data from wherever you like, for example a database or a hardcoded list, but it must do the following:

  • Take exactly one GET parameter named “q” which will contain the query string. E.g. http://www.example.com/myscript?q=query
  • Output JSON search results in the following format:

    [{"id":"856","name":"House"}, {"id":"1035","name":"Desperate Housewives"}, {"id":"1048","name":"Dollhouse"}, {"id":"1113","name":"Full House"} ]

Turn text inputs into tokeninputs using jQuery and point them to your results script:

<script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function () { $("#my-text-input").tokenInput("/url/to/your/script/"); }); </script>

A list of selected item ids is created inside the original text entry, process them as usual when the form is submitted.

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