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    jQuery AutoComplete using AJAX – what am I missing?

    by graeme1589605680 ·

    I am trying to use jQuery AutoComplete for a client / customer selection input field – on a simple test page (that I plan to enhance, once the AJAX part is working).

    I have copied (verbatim) the JQuery sample JavaScript from and the only change I have made to this is the”#…” ID name, and the URL value in the “source” definition.

    The back-end server (which is running Django) receives requests from the JavaScript fine, and seems to generate the JSON callback string correctly. Here is its output:
    U:\>curl http://localhost:51181/AjaxClientAutocomplete/?term=adm
    [ {label: “ADMAC”, value: “109”}, {label: “Administration Software L”, value: “110”}, {label: “Adminsoft – Office Rental”, value: “111”}, {label: “Adminsoft – Reimburse Int”, value: “112”}, {label: “Adminsoft – Royalties”, value: “113”}, {label: “”, value: “114”}, {label: “Admiral Word Publishing B”, value: “115”} ]

    Using the developer tools on my browser, I have copied the HTML that the DOM sees into a test HTML file on my hard drive. I have cut this back to the bare essentials, and made several variants to test what works and what doesn’t.

    Using a local variable as the AutoComplete “source” works fine – including with it being an array of objects as per the full string shown above (copy-and-pasted into the JavaScript).

    So the JavaScript (shown below) seems to be sending a request to the server OK. The server is receiving this and responding – seemingly with a correct JSON response. The JavaScript just doesn’t seem to process this and update its source label / value list, so it can use this like it does when the source is a variable with the same list.

    I am fairly new to this technical area, and can’t think of anything else to try. Can anyone see what I am missing? Here is the JavaScript:

    $(function () {

    source: function (request, response) {
    url: “/AjaxClientAutocomplete/”,
    dataType: “jsonp”,
    data: {
    term: request.term
    success: function (data) {
    minLength: 2,

    P.S. I have stripped out the “log” components due 2500 char limit.

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