[jifty-devel] Autocompleter and absolute positioning errors

Sterling Hanenkamp sterling at hanenkamp.com
Fri May 16 11:18:28 EDT 2008

Yes, this is still an issue. The autocomplete box is still skewed by the
relative/absolute positioning of our layout. The patch to iautocomplete.js
is still required to get that to work. Not only this, but the drop-downs
have unpredictable behavior on my box. Some things we've seen:

   - If you start typing the drop-down might not popup.
   - If the drop-down shows up and you click on it. The popup disappears
   without selecting anything.
   - If the drop-down shows up and you select an item and click tab, the
   entry will fill the box you tab to rather than the box the completer was
   attached to.

This does not necessarily mean these are problems with the autocompleter
provided by Jifty, but these problems came up only after the
jQuery/iautocomplete.js migration. However, unless my current employer
enters into a short-term contract to fix these issues, it's not my problem
anymore. I start a new job with another company on Monday.


On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Jesse Vincent <jesse at bestpractical.com>

> I know there was a bunch of work done on this after your mail, sterling.
> At this point, does Jifty need this patch?
> On Apr 21, 2008, at 6:05 PM, Andrew Hanenkamp wrote:
>> Oops. Here's the attachment...
>> On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 4:58 PM, Andrew Hanenkamp <sterling at hanenkamp.com>
>> wrote:
>> I'm working on upgrading my app to run on the very latest Jifty since the
>> jQuery update. Things are going great and I appreciate all the work that has
>> gone in to make this work well. The one problem I ran into was with the
>> autocompleter acting odd. I posted this link to the IRC channel earlier to
>> demonstrate the issue:
>> http://www.grabup.com/uploads/918c84302ffbfe61eb1ba3a0e5d3450d.png
>> The problem is that our application uses "position:relative" to fix some
>> rendering issues with our template in IE6 and IE7. The Interface iAuto
>> plugin to jQuery, however, does not take this into account while calculating
>> the values for the "top" and "left" parameters. Thus, the autocompleter is
>> shifted over and down the same amount as the main content of the page is
>> shifted over by the border and down by the header.
>> I have attached a patch that corrects the problem. However, it relies upon
>> the jquery.dimensions.js plugin (which I have already included in my
>> application because I also use the ui.accordion.js plugin for jQuery).
>> Here's a link for the Dimensions plugin:
>> http://brandonaaron.net/docs/dimensions/
>> You can find the description for the position() method from the API tab on
>> that page. I'm posting this to the list in hopes we can come up with a fix
>> for this that will make everyone happy. In the meantime, I've embedded the
>> patched iautocomplete.js in my application.
>> Cheers,
>> Sterling
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