Templating

It’s easy to customize the dropdown with templates. Templating is done with format_results() method and a little bit Javascript.

The following example attaches country_flag to a Select tag. It formats the results using a Javascript function named “formatCountry” to add country flag images.

<?php
$pac7 = new C_PhpAutocomplete('country_flag');
$pac7->format_results('formatCountry');
$pac7->display('SELECT');
?>
<select name="country_flag" id="country_flag">
    <option></option>
    <option value="usa">USA</option>
    <option value="canada">Canada</option>
    <option value="brazil">Brazil</option>
    <option value="hong_kong">Hong Kong</option>
    <option value="japan">Japan</option>
    <option value="united_kingdom">United Kingdom</option>
</select>

formatCountry is a Javascript function name.

<script>
function formatCountry(country) {
    if (!country.id) return country.text; // optgroup
    return "<img class='flag' src='sample_images/" + country.id.toLowerCase() + "_flag.png' style='vertical-align:middle;padding-right:5px' />" + country.text;
}
</script>

Try it yourself:

[php snippet=”10″] 

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