Ovid Ovid - 2 years ago 557
Javascript Question

Jquery autocomplete: using tab to select first item and remain focus on search box

When I use the JQuery UI autocomplete, I need to have the tab key populate the search box with the first item in the autocomplete results, include a space afterwards, an then allow the user to continue typing.

<div class="ui-widget">
<form id="searchbox" method="GET" action="http://duckduckgo.com/">
<input id="search" type="text" name="q">
<input id="submit" type="submit" value="Search">
var tabKey = 9;
source: [ 'this', 'that', 'foobar' ],
delay: 0,
selectFirst: true,
select: function(event, ui) { if (event.keyCode == tabKey) {
} }
// without this, the tab key doesn't trigger an event
$('.ui-autocomplete').keypress(function(event) {});

In other words, in the example above, if someone typed "th", they'd see "this" and "that" in the autocomplete choices. Hitting tab would add "this " (note the space) to the input and focus would remain in the input.

Can someone give me a pointer as to what I've missed? I do not know Javascript very well, so small words are good :)

And perhaps more useful info (jquery 1.7.2) from the HEAD section:

<script src="js/jquery-latest.js"></script>
<script src="js/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.css" />

Edit: It appears that
autoFocus: true
will get me partway there. Now if I can just figure out how to keep focus on the input box.

Answer Source

Hiya demo http://jsfiddle.net/DMDHC/

Hope this helps, :)

So if you type Ra you will see rambo and other options popping up and then hit tab key and you will see that added text + " " will appear with focus on the text box so that you can keep typing.

Another thing I did is event.preventDefault(); which will prevent any default behavior, rest you know what you doing bruv! B-)

Have a good one, cheerios!

jquery code

$( "#search" ).autocomplete({
    source: function( req, resp ) {
        $.post( "/echo/json/", {
            json: '["Rambo", "Foobar", "This", "That", "Batman", "Hulk"]',
            delay: 1
        }, function(data) {
            resp( data );
        }, "JSON" );
        select: function(event, ui) {

             var TABKEY = 9;
            this.value = ui.item.value;

            if (event.keyCode == TABKEY) { 
                this.value = this.value + " ";

            return false;

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