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Sending emails a la Google mail

Posted on 2014-10-04
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Last Modified: 2014-12-14

In google mail when you click in the send button and start typing it starts to autocomplete a recipient and if you pick the name the name is there in the send box with a cross to remove it. Or it adds a new name if there is one is doesnt recognise. Then when you start typing again to add another recipinet another autocoplete dropdown appears and so the process repeats.

Is there a ui element/plugin/tutorial etc for copying this functonality

Question by:andieje
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ID: 40361263

...and dozens of other autocomplete plugins, this is js - nothing to do with php
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 40361322
Might intersect with PHP if the auto-complete made an AJAX request to get information from a database.
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ID: 40361451
It is very resource intensive to get it as responsive as Google has it.  Unless there is a lot of bandwidth, and lots of threads available server side it is probably not something that can be done with the same level of efficiency on a smaller site.  I doubt it is using AJAX to respond to the input, because the response is quicker than AJAX would normally deliver.  It is more likely that the data (which originates in the users profile data, is being cached in sessions stuffed into a not exposed segment in the DOM.

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ID: 40373809
it does intersect with php tp get autocomplete from database

With respect on this page i see nothing that looks like the google send box unless it in demo i missed

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ID: 40373840
Back to the ul page - on the multiple examples page the selected  values are  not associated with an 'x' to remove as in google receipients

attachment 1 - demo
attacement 2 - google

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ID: 40373857
Is there a special name for these widgets as you can imagine searching for anythign related to google doent give the best results :)

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ID: 40373941
thanks cd for the reality check

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ID: 40374966
My last comment didnt come out right

In googlerecipient in googlejquery ui widget you get autocomplete if a name exists, the ability to add a new name and each name is in a box with a delete icon

In jquery you can add multiple values with autocomplete, there is nothing inherent to delete an item, These were the images  i meant to post

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andieje earned 0 total points
ID: 40489613
I am going to answer my own question with jquery select2. There is an example of google style boxes on there

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