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jQuery UI 1.10: The User Interface Library for jQuery by Dan Wellman, Alex Libby

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The autocomplete methods

In addition to the standard methods that all widgets share, the autocomplete gives us two unique methods that allow us to initiate certain actions. The unique methods are listed as follows:

Method

Usage

close

Close the suggestion menu.

search

Request the list of suggestions from the data source specifying the search term as an optional argument

The close method is extremely easy to use, we simply call the autocomplete widget method and specify close as an argument:

$("#associated_input").autocomplete("close");

This will cause the suggestions menu to be closed, and the close event to be triggered. A possible use for the close event handler is to alert the user if there is a problem with the entry they have selected; ...

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