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JQuery Autocomplete updating a document element (not the dropdown)

I came across the requirement of updating a page element from the result of an Autocomplete. The server results were to be placed in a select element as set of option items.

I had to overwrite some JQuery UI Autocomplete private methods as apparently there was no easy way of generating HTML and embedding it in the right spot on the page:

The JSON server response:

JQuery 1.8.16
Rails 3.1

Posted in Ruby, Web.

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