Parameters specifications for multi-column autocomplete

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Parameter list for multi-column autocomplete

Parameters for multi-column autocomplete
Parameter Type Allowable Values Default Required
ClearBtn boolean true or false true false
ColumnCount integer positive integer 1 false
Data JSON object (see Data section) none true
DataKeyNames object (see DataKeyNames section) none false
Disabled boolean true or false false false
DisableHiLiting boolean true or false false false
Filters array of objects {‘str’:’str’} or {‘str’:’RegExp’} none false
Height integer positive integer height of dropdown false
Help strimg ‘right’|’top’|’bottom’ ‘right’ false
InitialValue object {‘ky’|’val’: <value>} {} false
Justify string ‘right’|’left’|’center’ left false
MenuOptionsType string ‘Select’|’Navigate’|’Rocker’ ‘Select’ false
onSelect function function() none false
PlaceHolder <deleted> <as of v1.6.1>
SelectOnly boolean true or false false false
ShowAt string ‘Bottom’ or ‘Right’ ‘Bottom’ false
Sort array of strings [‘alpha’|’num’, ‘desc’|’asc’] [‘alpha’,’asc’] false
TriggerEvent <deleted> <as of v1.5.1>
UseValueForKey boolean true or false false false
UserInputAllowed boolean true or false false false
Width integer positive integer width of dropdown false

Parameters explained for MenuOption multi-column autocomplete


options: true or false

ClearBtn instructs MenuOptions to place a clear button on the right side of the <input> element. It will clear that <input> element when clicked and cause the drop down list to appear.


options: positive integer

MenuOptions defaults to a single column. To show have more than one column, use the ColumnCount parameter.


options: [] or [ [], [], …], {} or [ {}, {}, … ]

MenuOptions accepts the following in Data

  1. an array
  2. an array of arrays
  3. a single multikey object
    { 1:”Jan”, 2:”Feb”,…}
  4. an array of multikey or single key objects
    1. single key [{1:”Jan”},{2:”Feb”}…]
    2. multikey [{1:”Jan”,2:”Feb”},{3:”Mar”, 4:”Apr”}…]
  5. an array of multikey objects where keys are specifed and extracted
    (see DataKeyNames)
  1. Use arrays when you want the menu_opt_key to equal the displayed text, e.g., when using US State abbreviations. So the display would be ‘AL’ (for Alabama) and ‘AL’ would be stored in the menu_opt_key
  2. Use objects when you want to save a code in menu_opt_key For example, if you want to display ‘January’ but save the code 1 in the menu_opt_key (and later save that code in a database or other persistent storage).


options: { “key”: <key name>, “value”: <value name> }

DataKeyNames allows you to utilize Data that has extra, unneeded data, only picking out the key and value fields that you specify.

Below is the code used in Quick start multi-column autocomplete

var data = [{"mon_num":1, "mon_name":"January", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":2, "mon_name":"February", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":3, "mon_name":"March", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":4, "mon_name":"April", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":5, "mon_name":"May", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":6, "mon_name":"June", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":7, "mon_name":"July", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":8, "mon_name":"August", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":9, "mon_name":"September", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":10, "mon_name":"October", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":11, "mon_name":"November", "junk_key":"junk_val"},
            {"mon_num":12, "mon_name":"December", "junk_key":"junk_val"}];
    "Data": data,
    "onSelect": function(mo, data) {
        console.log(mo, data.newVal, data.newCode, data.type );
    "DataKeyNames" : { "key": "mon_num", "value": "mon_name" },
    "ClearBtn": true,
    "InitialValue": { 'val': 'December'},
    "ShowAt": 'bottom',
    "Sort": []
  1. DataKeyNames requires that Data be an array of objects [ {}, {}, … ]


options: true or false

default: false

Setting Disabled to true will make the MenuOptions control disabled.

Setting Disabled to false will make the MenuOptions control enabled.


  1. Setting Diasbled to true will disable the parent <div> of the MenuOptions control. If you placed another element in that same <div>, it will disabled as well To get around this, put the other element outside the <div> containing the MenuOptions control.


options: true or false

default: false

There are 3 conditions that will cause the background of an MenuOptions input element to change to pink (indicating incomplete or error).

  1. the user type in an invalid character (i.e., a character not in the multi-column autocomplete).
  2. when leaving the MenuOptions input element (blur event) and the value is incomplete.
  3. when using setting the intial value (using InitialValue) and that initial value is invalid

Set to true to disable this feature.


options: [ { ‘text : ‘text’ }, …] or [ {‘text’: ‘RegExp’}, …]

Filters enable mouseover filtering of multi-column autocomplete items You can filter by plain text or by regular expression (Example of using Filters with a RegExp )

'Filters': [{ 'Biz' : '^(CNBC|MarketWatch)'}, {'Search' :'^(Google|Yahoo)'} ],


options: positive integer

MenuOptions will default to the actual height of the multi-column autocomplete list. Using the Height parameter is useful to get the exact height you want for your application. It is also useful for large list, since it will create a vertical scroll bar. (Example of using Height to create a vertical scroll bar )

'Height': 200


options: right|top|bottom|None

You can specify one of three positions to show help (and error) messages


  1. the default is ‘right’ (the other psoition options are ‘top’ and ‘bottom’).
  2. Use ‘None’ to suppress all help messages.
    "onSelect": function(mo, data) {
         console.log(mo, data.newVal, data.newCode, data.type );
    "ClearBtn": true,
    "Help": 'bottom' // or 'top' or 'right' or 'None'


options: { ‘ky’ or ‘val’ : <value> }

You can use InitialValue to set (or reset) an initial value.

Note: you can use this to set the initial value (visible on the screen) or to set the key (the menu_opt_key) or both key and value. (see a demo that uses InitialValue )

These examples show using both forms of InitialValue

'InitialValue': { 'val':'Sicilian' },
'InitialValue': { 'ky': 1 },

Note: InitialValue can only be used at initialization time.

To reset the value after that time, use set_select_value


options: left|right|center

This will justify the text in the input element

"Justify": 'right',


options: function(<MenuOptions instance>, data)

When user selects an option, either by clicking or by pressing enter while in the text box, this function will be executed

data has 3 values

  1. newVal (the new value that was selected)
  2. newCode (the code that corresponds to new value that was selected)
  3. type (this tells you if the selection was made by “Click”, “EnterKey” or “RockerClick”)
"onSelect": function(mo, data) {
    if ( data.type == "EnterKey" ) {
    console.log(mo, data.newVal, data.newCode, data.type );


<deleted> as of version 1.6.1

Due to the whimsical nature of IE, (triggering an input event when placeholder is changed), this feature was removed


options: true or false

This makes the <input> element read-only, i.e., data can only be entered by clicking a multi-column autocomplete item (note: this prevents the use of autocomplete).


options: ‘bottom’ or ‘right’

MenuOptions accepts a string to tell it where to display the multi-column autocomplete items

"Bottom" means that the multi-column autocomplete list will appear underneath
"Right" means that the multi-column autocomplete list will appear to the right


options: [‘alpha’ or ‘num’, ‘desc’ or ‘asc’]

Setting the property to an empty array will cause a Data array (or array of objects) to be displayed in the original order. With no sort, a single object will be displayed in random order.


options: true or false

UseValueForKey = true means that the visible option will be the same as the menu_opt_key. So if the visible option were “CA”, the html built would look like:

<td menu_opt_key="CA">"CA"</td>.


options: true or false

UserInputAllowed = true means that the user can type in anything OR can choose an autocomplete item from the list (see a demo that uses UserInputAllowed )


  1. user input will return with a key value of -1, so this is advisable when you are saving user text and not key value codes. An example might be where you present the user with a list of names but want to allow them to add a new name.
  2. User will get a warning saying “no list matches” when they type in text not in the autocomplete list
  3. cannot be used with masks


options: positive integer

MenuOptions will try to match the width of the parent element (it may be wider if the contents cannot fit). The Width parameter allows the user to override the default width.