Copyright (c) 2005 Matthew Ratzloff
Suggest Framework allows developers to easily add "suggest" functionality
to their websites and projects, which can vastly improve the user experience
by speeding up phrase-based searching. Any number of search boxes can be
used on a page, each configurable with a variety of options.
Suggest Framework is also compatible with nearly all mainstream browsers,
including Internet Explorer 5+ (Win/Mac), Firefox (Win/Mac), and Opera 8+.
It... sort of works with Safari.
You only need one copy of SuggestFramework.js on your server in order to
use it throughout. You can customize the look of the suggest dropdowns
with CSS; these styles should be included in your sitewide stylesheet and
adjusted per-page if necessary.
Packer utility, which can be found at .
Include the following two lines in the head of the page:
Now you have five additional attributes available for any named textbox:
action The dynamic page that accepts input by GET and returns a
capture The column (from 1) that will replace the user input. Generally
this should be the same database field that the user is searching
against. Optional; default is 1.
columns The number of columns to display in the dropdown. For example,
you might search for employees by name and display their ID
on the right. Optional; default is 1.
delay The search delay, in milliseconds. A lower delay increases
responsiveness but puts more strain on the server. Optional;
default is 1000 (1 second).
heading If set to true, uses first array value as a non-selectable
header. Useful when you have two or more columns. Optional;
default is false.
The page that processes the user input (defined in "action") accepts two
type The name of the textbox
q The query phrase
Suggested examples for PHP and ColdFusion have been included, although
any server-side language will work. For more than one column, a multi-
dimensional array is expected. For example,
new Array(new Array("A1", "B1"), new Array("A2", "B2"));
Finally, there are four CSS classes:
.SuggestFramework_List The dropdown container
.SuggestFramework_Heading The optional dropdown headings
.SuggestFramework_Highlighted The highlighted suggestion
.SuggestFramework_Normal Non-highlighted suggestions
0.2 - Initial beta release. Revised to be procedural instead of object-oriented
in order to increase compatibility. Compatible with Internet
Explorer 5+ (Win/Mac), Firefox (Win/Mac), and Opera 8+. Partial
compatibility with Safari.
0.1 - Unreleased alpha version. Compatible with Internet Explorer 5.5+ (Win),
Firefox (Win/Mac), and Opera 8+. Not compatible with Safari.