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Overview

The autocomplete control starts providing possible completion suggestions as soon as an user starts typing some input text. The control has been optimized for loading and searching through large volumes of data.


Multiple selection

The autocomplete control’s input field has been designed to address scenarios such as email address bars. You can select multiple items with token representation or simply divide them with a delimiter.

Token representation

Customizable token representation of the autocomplete control allows users to remove an item with its close button.

Token representation in Autocomplete control

Delimiter

Selected items can be divided with desired characters such as ‘$’ for dollar representation or ‘,’ for traditional comma separation.

Delimiter support of Autocomplete Control


Performance

The autocomplete control has been designed with performance in mind in every aspect. It has several optimizations that allow users to load and search a million items in an instant.

High-performance Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms


When a character is entered, the autocomplete text box searches for items related to the entered character and filters the results, displaying suggestions in a drop-down list.

Load more

If there are more filtered items than can be viewed, there is no need to worry about populating them. Instead, limit them by using one of the options from the autocomplete control, and load more if needed by providing a load more button.

Load more support of Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms

Diacritic sensitivity

The autocomplete control does not stick with one type of keyboard, so you can populate items from a language with letters containing diacritics and search for them with English characters from an en-US keyboard. Users can enable or disable the diacritic sensitivity.

Diacritic sensitivity in Autocomplete control

The autocomplete control applies custom search logic that suggests items based on the search. This support applies custom typo toleration functionality to the control.

Typo toleration using custom search support

Perform filtering when needed

The autocomplete control starts offering matches as soon as users start typing. This feature can be changed by setting the number of characters required to start matching.

Filtering in Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms

Filter

You can pick from various filtering options such as starts with, contains, and ends with. You can also choose whether to filter with or without case sensitivity.


Suggest, append, or both

The autocomplete control can suggest a list of filtered items in a pop-up or append the rest of the suggested words in the input area. This can also append the matched item and display the list of filtered items suggested in a pop-up at the same time.


Pop-ups

When the user starts typing in the autocomplete control, a pop-up opens, displaying the filtered items that match the entered text.

Pop-up placement

Customize pop-up placement in Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms

If the autocomplete control is placed at the bottom of the application where the default keyboard appears and would hide the pop-up, the pop-up can be placed at the top instead.

Avoid pop-ups

Autocomplete control with no pop-up

APIs are available to avoid pop-ups and retrieve filtered suggestion items to arrange list or item controls.

Pop-up opening delay

Pop-up opening delay in Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms

Delays the opening of the pop-up.

Show suggestion on focus

Shows suggestion on focus

APIs are available to display all the items in the pop-up whenever the control is in focus.


Matching text highlight

The autocomplete control highlights the matching text of each filtered item. This option shows how the item is filtered in the list and clearly displays the items to be picked.

First occurrence

Highlighting can be set so that the matching text that occurs first is the only one highlighted.

Matching text highlights first occurrence

Multiple occurrence

All the matching text, occurring multiple times, will be highlighted.

Matching text highlights multiple occurrences


Customization

The autocomplete control can be thoroughly customized in the following areas.

Custom template

Custom template support of Autocomplete control for Xamarin.Forms

The autocomplete control accepts a template for pop-ups to change the look and feel of the items.

Appearance

Custom appearance

The customizable appearance of the autocomplete control is designed, by default, to adopt the native look and feel of the deployment platform.

Color customization

Color customization with Autocomplete

The color of pop-ups and text can be customized to fit the application design.

Font size

Font size customization with Autocomplete

The font size can be customized with pixel precision or with standard options such as small, medium, and large.

Font family

Font family customization with Autocomplete

You will not be limited to using traditional fonts, but can also use custom fonts that suit the application. The control renders certain iconic fonts, too.


General information

The autocomplete control provides some additional features that make it more user-friendly.

Clear button

Clear button in Autocomplete control

A customizable clear button is available to clear all the text with a single tap. The button can be enabled or disabled.

Watermark

Hint content as placeholder in Autocomplete control

A watermark prompts with an information hint when the search box is not in focus and contains an empty string.

MVVM support

MVVM support in Autocomplete control

Every aspect of the autocomplete control has been designed with the MVVM pattern in mind.

Localization

Localization

All static text can be localized with the required language.

Use real-time objects

Object binding

Along with a list of strings, real-time objects can also be used to direct the search member to search and display.

Bind icons

Icon binding

The pop-up list has a provision to place an icon. A member can also be assigned to form the object.


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