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Posted on 2013-01-02
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Below is code for a jquery autocomplete and it works fine for the user to select a single country. However, we want the user to match multiple countries using the same autocomplete source.

Without hardcoding  and copying the jquery portion using a difference (ie. country-1, country-2) for the source (a difference in the field name is okay) , how can we use the same jquery portion (source) for multiple form fields ?

Example (user input does autocomplete from same source):

1) Picture of US flag, input for user text of name of country.
2) Picture of UK flag, input for user text of name of country.
3) Picture of China flag, input for user text of name of country.
4) Picture of Mexico flag, input for user text of name of country.


Currently:
\$( "#country-name" ).autocomplete({
            source: "country-search.pl",
            minLength: 2,
    select: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        \$("#country-name").val(ui.item.label);
        \$("#country").val(ui.item.value);
    },
    focus: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        \$("#country-name").val(ui.item.label);
                               }
        });

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<input type="hidden" value="" name="country" id="country"><input name="country-name" id="country-name" value=""/>

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Desired (all the country fields use country-search.pl for autocomplete):
\$( "#country-name" ).autocomplete({
            source: "country-search.pl",
            minLength: 2,
    select: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        \$("#country-name").val(ui.item.label);
        \$("#country").val(ui.item.value);
    },
    focus: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        \$("#country-name").val(ui.item.label);
                               }
        });

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<input type="hidden" value="" name="country-1" id="country-1"><input name="country-name-1" id="country-name-1" value=""/>
<input type="hidden" value="" name="country-2" id="country-2"><input name="country-name-2" id="country-name-2" value=""/>
<input type="hidden" value="" name="country-3" id="country-3"><input name="country-name-3" id="country-name-3" value=""/>
<input type="hidden" value="" name="country-4" id="country-4"><input name="country-name-4" id="country-name-4" value=""/>

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Question by:freshgrill
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Use :
$( "[id^='country-name']" ).autocomplete({ // better to use a class here...
            source: "country-search.pl",
            minLength: 2,
    select: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        $(event.target).val(ui.item.label);
        $(event.target).val(ui.item.value);
    },
    focus: function(event, ui) {
        event.preventDefault();
        $(event.target).val(ui.item.label);
                               }
        });

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by:freshgrill
ID: 38738623
@ leakim971: it is now showing all the autocomplete for all the fields, but when I select the country the selected country is now showing up.
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by:leakim971
ID: 38738658
please provide a link to see your page.
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by:freshgrill
ID: 38751362
I had to remove the select and focus portions - but then it all worked.
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