Starts With Instead of Contains Filter Text

The filterable widget provided by jQuery Mobile (jQM) allows the user to filter child elements by typing search text into a text box. The built-in behavior is to see if the search text is contained in any of the children elements’ text or a special data attribute called data-filtertext.  But what if you want the filter to only show elements that start with the typed in search text?

To accomplish this, we can override the default filtering by assigning the filterCalback property to a function. This function is then called for each child element with an index parameter and a second parameter for the search text the user typed. Within this function we can perform our own filter matching and return true if the child element should be filtered (hidden). So, lets build our Starts With Filter. Continue reading


Filterable Opens Matching Collapsibles

The jQuery Mobile  (jQM) library includes a filterable widget which can be applied to any container element by setting data-filer=”true”.  The user can then start typing in the search input box and any child elements with matching text are shown while the rest are hidden from view. The widget also provides a callback for after the filtering is complete, and in this article we shall exploit this callback to make matching collapsibles expand instead of hiding non-matching elements.

As of jQM version 1.4, we can provide the search box markup and associate its ID with the filterable widget. Because the widget will be expanding and collapsing a list of collapsibles, I have decided to provide buttons for ‘expand all’ and ‘collapse all’ as a convenience to the user. The markup for the buttons and search box looks like this: Continue reading