In many projects that I have there are times where a HTML select list has hundreds of options (ok at least 80+ options). By default the select list would be too large to display on the screen in a nice format. Previously, I had installed the Chosen module to provide a nice interface for large select widgets. Recently after some research I stumbled across the Jquery UI Multiselect Widget module and installed it to test as an alternative on large select lists.
Example Configuration and Usage
In my existing site I have a Chosen select list. In general I’m pleased with Chosen as a means to minimize UI clutter. But, I ended up written JS code that auto-selected alot of options. I don’t recall if Chosen allows searching, and a Select All widget but this new alternative does:
Here is my legacy Chosen widget in a generic drupal form (not a drupal Field):
After configuring the module you can see it in action:
In general I like the current state of this module as it offers a wealth of functionality in a lean UI for the end-user. For my use-case I like that it supports a Select All mechanism.
All in all I’m pleased to have found a new item for drupal site building toolbox in this module.
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