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Routes

You’ll likely need to add something to your routes.rb file. If you’re doing

class UsersController < ApplicationController
auto_complete_for :user, :login

You’d add this to your routes

map.resources :users, 
  :collection => { 
    :auto_complete_for_user_login => :get
  } 

Note the use of :get, not :post. Using :post will cause you to get an InvalidAuthenticityToken error. Once you specify get in your routes, ensure that your forms also make get request by specifying the method in the 4th view method parameter.

<%= text_field_with_auto_complete :user, :login, {}, :method => :get %>

Use with ModalBox

You’ll need to add a z-index to your css, like so:

div.auto_complete { width: 350px; background: #fff; z-index:10005 !important; }

Note that the css is in /vendor/plugins/auto_complete/lib/auto_complete_macros_helper.rb but can be ignored so you can override it in your CSS by passing :skip_style => true like so:

text_field_with_auto_complete :user, :login, :skip_style => true

When calling Modalbox.show you’ll need to use the afterLoad option to get things working. Here’s a javascript example:

Modalbox.show($('user_lookup'), {title: 'User Look Up' , width: 450, afterLoad: function () { var user_login_auto_completer = new Ajax.Autocompleter('user_login', 'user_login_auto_complete', '/users/auto_complete_for_user_login', {}); }};

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