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Auto-complete type-ahead dropdown menu

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Makes smart dropdown menu in Internet Explorer that auto-completes what user types
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This script adds (correct) auto-complete/type-ahead/ tracing/find-as-you-type effect to dropdown menus in Internet Explorer and other browsers. In IE, when user press "MA" in a dropdown menu, IE will first select the first option starting with "M", then select the first option starting with "A", giving user "AK" while user actually wanted "MA" for Massachusetts. Using this script, user will get MA if M and A are consecutively typed (if user type M, then A after some (customizable) time, user will still be taken to AK as an intended behavior.). It also allows you to use user-typed value to populate other menus. Currently all printable characters on keyboard and keypad are supported (except for those needing the "shift" key). Version 1.1 is cross-browser and fixes issues in Firefox and Chrome too.

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7th October 2004
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Average User Rating: 4.4/5
Works perfectly in IE and not in Netscape
Reviewed byAnonymousonMon, 6th February 2006
Rating 3 - Average
Hi, Very useful utility/code, its said to be working in Netscape. But it doesnt work properly in Netscape. Only consecutive strike of same characters alone works, if i type BABA it doesnt work, if i type BBB / CCC it fetches right. Please advice. Thanks & Regards Ram
Tue, 7th March 2006
Sorry I responded so late. I just found out how to respond to a comment (it'd be better if you write to my email address listed in the script). I actually tested my script in netscape 8.1 two days after you posted your comment and I found it was working great. I did not see any problem that you mentioned, maybe you were using too old a version of netscape that has some bad JS support (like low version) please try with netscape 8.1.
Excellent script--no variables to set
Reviewed byAnonymousonTue, 5th July 2005
Rating 5 - Excellent
Mingyi has eliminated the need to set field names in the script--eliminating potential errors. Makes it literally copy & paste. He even modified it to work with keypad entry.
Simple to implement, great support from author!
Reviewed byAnonymousonWed, 27th April 2005
Rating 5 - Excellent
Awesome simple script to implement (version 0.05), great support from the author. Huge thanks!
Works great!
Reviewed byAnonymousonWed, 12th January 2005
Rating 5 - Excellent
I had this script up & running on a 1000-member dropdown list pulled from a database in about 20 min. Users love it.
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