Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#6043 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Add "match at beginning" to autocomplete

Reported by: beermad Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: ui.autocomplete Version: 1.8.4
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


In a couple of projects that I've used the autocomplete widget, I've found that it's been particularly useful to get it to ONLY match against the start of the strings in the "source" array.

So, for example if the user types "ad", it matches "adnams", "adkin", "adur" but doesn't match "Madeley", "Head", etc.

At the moment I can do this by editing the autocomplete Javascript so that:

var matcher = new RegExp( $.ui.autocomplete.escapeRegex(term), "i" );


var matcher = new RegExp( '^'+$.ui.autocomplete.escapeRegex(term), "i" );

I think it would probably be useful to other users of this useful widget if this were made a standard option that could be applied when creating an autocomplete widget.

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by Scott González

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

We don't want to build in multiple searching methods in the core of the plugin. You can accomplish this by passing a custom function as the source option. Alternatively, you can create an extension to adds this option.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Scott González

Milestone: TBD

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