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The AutoComplete is a textbox component that provides a list of suggestions to select from as the user types. This has several out of box features such as data binding, filtering, grouping, UI customization, accessibility, and more.

Data binding in autocomplete

Data binding

You can bind data from a variety of data sources in the array of primitive data, JSON data collections, or remote data source using different kinds of adaptors such as OData, OData V4, URL, JSON, and Web API. This uses Essential JS 2’s data manager to manage data and also has customization option for data request and processing.


Built-in filtering support with a rich set of filtering configurations is available to match all your application needs.

Filtering in autocomplete

Filter type

Provides support to filter data based on starts with, ends with, and contains.

Custom filtering in autocomplete

Custom filtering

You can customize the filter query or use your own filter libraries to set filtered data.

Diacritic sensitivity

AutoComplete has diacritic character sensitivity. This behavior can be turned on/off.

Diacritic sensitive filtering in autocomplete

Limits suggestion items

Possibility to limit the number of suggestions to be displayed in the filtered list.

Limit suggestion items in autocomplete

Ignore filter text casing

You can filter data with or without considering the casing for typed characters.

Ignore filter text casing in autocomplete

Minimum search characters

Provides option to set the number of characters required to filter.

Highlight matched text

You can configure different visual appearances for the matching text of each suggestion.

Highllight matched text in autocomplete

UI customization

Controls the appearance of each item displayed in the suggestion list using templating.

Item template in autocomplete

Item template

Defines custom appearance of each suggestion item using item template.

Header template in autocomplete suggestion list

Header template

Designs its own header for the suggestion list using header template.

Footer template in autocomplete suggestion list

Designs its own custom footer for the suggestion list using footer template.

Icons in in autocomplete suggestion list


Adds icons to each suggestion item.

No Record template in autocomplete suggestion list

Empty record

Configures custom look if there is no suggestion to display.


The AutoComplete component has autofill option. This completes the word that the user types from the suggestion text. The end user can search for the items easily.

AutoFill in autocomplete

Suggestion list

Generates a suggestion list to the users as they type in the textbox.

Suggestion list dimension adjustment in autocomplete

Adjustable dimension

The width and height of the suggestion list is adjustable.

Prevent suggestion list in autocomplete

Avoid suggestion list

It is possible to hide the default suggestion list to bind the search result onto some other control such as grid.


Groups the suggestions based on different categories with individual header.

Grouping in autocomplete

Floating label in autocomplete

Floating label

Developer can control whether the placeholder should float or not.


Provides responsive mode that gives adaptive redesigned UI appearance for mobile devices and recognizes touch gestures.


  • Fully supports WAI-ARIA accessibility that makes list view accessible to on-screen readers and assistive devices.

  • Follows WAI-ARIA best practices for implementing keyboard interaction.

  • Designed the UI element visuals such as foreground color, background color, line spacing, text, and images based on WCAG 2.0 standard.

  • Supports right to left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.

Developer friendly APIs

Developers can customize all UI elements and control their behaviors according to the end user’s requirement using its rich set of client-side APIs.


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