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<!doctype html>
<title>jQuery UI Autocomplete Combobox Demo</title>
<link type="text/css" href="../../themes/base/ui.all.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../jquery-1.4.1.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../ui/jquery.ui.core.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../ui/jquery.ui.widget.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../ui/jquery.ui.button.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../ui/jquery.ui.position.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../ui/jquery.ui.autocomplete.js"></script>
<link type="text/css" href="../demos.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script type="text/javascript">
(function($) {
$.widget("ui.combobox", {
_create: function() {
var self = this;
var select = this.element.hide();
var input = $("<input>")
source: function(request, response) {
var matcher = new RegExp(request.term, "i");
response(select.children("option").map(function() {
var text = $(this).text();
if (!request.term || matcher.test(text))
return {
id: $(this).val(),
label: text.replace(new RegExp("(?![^&;]+;)(?!<[^<>]*)(" + request.term.replace(/([\^\$\(\)\[\]\{\}\*\.\+\?\|\\])/gi, "\\$1") + ")(?![^<>]*>)(?![^&;]+;)", "gi"), "<strong>$1</strong>"),
value: text
delay: 0,
select: function(e, ui) {
if (!ui.item) {
// remove invalid value, as it didn't match anything
return false;
self._trigger("selected", null, {
item: select.find("[value='" + + "']")
minLength: 0
icons: {
primary: "ui-icon-triangle-1-s"
text: false
.addClass("ui-corner-right ui-button-icon")
my: "left center",
at: "right center",
of: input,
offset: "-1 0"
}).css("top", "")
.click(function() {
// close if already visible
if (input.autocomplete("widget").is(":visible")) {
// pass empty string as value to search for, displaying all results
input.autocomplete("search", "");
$(function() {
/* TODO shouldn't be necessary */
.ui-button-icon-only .ui-button-text { padding: 0; }
<div class="demo">
<div class="ui-widget">
<label>Your preferred programming language: </label>
<option value="a">asp</option>
<option value="c">c</option>
<option value="cpp">c++</option>
<option value="cf">coldfusion</option>
<option value="g">groovy</option>
<option value="h">haskell</option>
<option value="j">java</option>
<option value="js">javascript</option>
<option value="p1">pearl</option>
<option value="p2">php</option>
<option value="p3">python</option>
<option value="r">ruby</option>
<option value="s">scala</option>
</div><!-- End demo -->
<div class="demo-description">
A custom widget built by composition of Autocomplete and Button. You can either type something into the field to get filtered suggestions based on your input, or use the button to get the full list of selections.
The input is read from an existing select-element for progressive enhancement, passed to Autocomplete with a customized source-option.
</div><!-- End demo-description -->
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