Autocomplete TextField using jQuery

Autocomplete TextField using jQuery


Today we’re going to learn how to create smart & good looking AutoComplete Textbox or Text Fields using jQuery..!!

We need following files to make it work..!!

• index.html — Main Source File through which we give a raw designing to our project
• style.css — Custom stylesheet (CSS)
• jquery.ui.autocomplete.min.js
• jquery.ui.core.min.js
• jquery.ui.position.min.js
• jquery.ui.widget.min.js
• jquery-1.7.1.min.js
• jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.css

bg.jpg — to set a custom background of the main page
dark-yellow_1x100.png — responsible for setting up the dark yellow colored background of the autocomplete dropdown list

The JavaScript files stated above are the files provided by which works as follows

Working of JS Files
– The file named “jquery.ui.autocomplete.min.js” is a part of jQuery UI Framework, it handles autocomplete functioning.
– The file named “jquery.ui.core.min.js” is a part of jQuery UI Framework, it handles all the core functioning of jQuery UI.
– The file named “jquery.ui.positioning.min.js” is a part of jQuery UI Framework, it handles autocomplete functioning.
– The file named “jquery.ui.widget.min.js” provides suggestions while you type into the, it is a part of jQuery main Framework file (v.1.7.1)
– The file named “jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.css” is a stylesheet provided by jQuery which handles all the styling of the autocomplete textbox field.

First of all it is very important to include or import some important javascript files & stylesheets (all the files mentioned above) to our main file named – index.html
So to make the Text Box & the whole page to look according to the design in my mind, I added some css code myself in which I changed some colors, padding, borders, background, font style, and lots of other stuffs.
Here is the CSS,

Now comes the step of the data or you can say it as – Database that should be shown in dropdown menu whenever user wants to search for the particular item.
I choose to prepare that particular database to be created in javascript or <script>…</script> tags itself so that it could be much simple.

As I am a huge fan of Soccer/Football so I choose to prepare the database of some cool soccer players (majorly for wingers☺). Please don’t mind it, you can create of your own database such that – for Countries, Colors, etc..!!

You can see them in <script>…</script> tags just after starting of <body> tag.
The general form for making the database in javascript is –
var data = [ “a”, “b”, “c”,…….];

Here’s how the script is working,

Now as you can see I’ve also used a function inside the <script> tags which helps us for limiting the Suggestions Result Lists.
Here I’ve given 10 as limit.

At last here comes the main code for creating the Text Field which is created under <input>…</input> tags.

Here is the HTML which contains the headers and textfield,

<h1>Autocomplete TextBox - JQuery Example</h1>
<div class="hlp-txt">Write some characters to see Autocomplete List..!!!</div><br>
<input type="text" id="search" placeholder="Search your favorite Football Player" />

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Saumya Rastogi

Saumya Rastogi

I am a Geek..!! I love scratching my hands on the newly invented techy things just like computer related development stuffs to learn & grab them as much as possible..!! I am also fond of creating & running Blogs. - Follow me @rastogi_saumya

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