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jQuery Plugin: Tokenizing Autocomplete Text Entry
By James Smith - http://loopj.com
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Overview
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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
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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:
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* 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:
o Take exactly one GET parameter named “q” which will contain the query string. E.g. http://www.example.com/myscript?q=query
o 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.