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Jqueryui Autocomplete and php

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Hi,
I want to be able to autocomplete an input box from a remote php script.
Say for example, I had a script which got a variable from the *post* and was able to produce an array based on what was posted, how do I return and use the results in Jquery autocomplete widget.

searchajax.php

$post=$_POST['q'];
//do the magic here

$array=('item 1','item 2', 'item 3', 'etc');

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how would I use the above script to autocomplete a standard input box, would I need to output it as json and would I need to set headers etc?


<form action ='search.php' method='post'>
<input type='text' class='search' name='q'>
<!-etc-->
</form>

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cheers
John
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by:leakim971
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you may use implode : http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.implode.php

Check an example here : http://www.thewhyandthehow.com/jquery-autocomplete/
$array = array('item 1', 'item 2',  'item 3', 'etc');
echo implode("\n", $array);
?>

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by:jdav357
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ok, but how do I use this in the jquery and do I need to output it as json etc?
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leakim971 earned 500 total points
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for basic needs you don't need to play with the data :

$("#field").autocomplete("path/to/function.php");
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Thanks for the points!
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