Previous Suggestion Results cached?

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08 Oct, 2012 12:59 AM

Hi everyone,

I have an autosuggest textbox that changes what list it suggests via a checkbox. When I tick the checkbox, the list is changed over - however if I put in the same starting letters as I did the previous search it will come up with the old list.
Say the lists are as follows:
Old List: cat, carton, cast, Camilla, Casanova, Cassandra
New List: Camilla, Casanova, Cassandra

Now first I start entering some letters - 'ca'. The Old List shows up.
Now I check the checkbox. I enter some other letters - 'cas' and only those in the New List show up (Casanova, Cassandra).
However if I now do 'ca' (with the checkbox still checked) - the entire old list will come up instead.

Are there any ways to solve this problem? It looks like it's caching the old suggestion list for just 'ca'.
Thank you for your help.

  1. 1 Posted by moonlight293 on 08 Oct, 2012 01:00 AM

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    Please note that I did not choose anything from the list inbetween checking the textbox.

  2. 2 Posted by Jon on 08 Oct, 2012 08:36 AM

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    Post some code and we'll try to see what's happening.

  3. 3 Posted by moonlight293 on 08 Oct, 2012 07:38 PM

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    Ok - this will be a long post. I am currently using ASP.NET MVC:

    On document.ready the code to initialise it is:
    $('#Text1').autoSuggest('<%= Url.Action("Autocomplete2", "Search") %>', default_params2);

    default_params2 is:

    var default_params2 = {
                    dataType: 'json',
                    emptyText: "Not found in list",
                    startText: "Enter a word",
                    asHtmlID: "check_code",
                    width: width,
                    selectedValuesProp: "key",
                    selectionAdded: function (elem) { gotoPage(); },
                    mustMatch: false

    The onclick for the checkbox is as follows:

    $("#<%= checkbox1.ClientID %>").click(function () {
                    var a = $('#<%= checkbox1.ClientID %>')[0].checked;
                    var b = $('#<%= checkbox2.ClientID %>')[0].checked;
                        url: '<%: Url.Action("updateList", "Home") %>',
                        type: 'POST',
                        data: { check1: a, check2: b },
                        dataType: 'json',
                        success: function (data) {
                            var params = [];
                            var vals = document.getElementById('as-values-check_code').value.replace(/^,|,$/g, "");
                            if (vals) {
                                vals = vals.split(",");
                                descriptions = document.getElementById('as-selections-check_code'').childNodes;
                                for (i = 0; i < vals.length; i++) {
                                    key = vals[i];
                                    value = descriptions[i].childNodes[1].nodeValue;
                                    obj = new Object();
                                    obj.key = key;
                                    obj.value = value;
                            var element = document.getElementById('as-selections-check_code'');
                            var parent = element.parentNode;
                            var element = document.getElementById('as-results-check_code'');
                            var parent = element.parentNode;
                            var newinput = document.createElement('input');
                            newinput.setAttribute('id', 'textinput');
                            newinput.setAttribute('type', 'text');
                            default_params2["preFill"] = params;
                            $('#interactions-wrapper>p>input[type=text]').autoSuggest('<%= Url.Action("Autocomplete2", "Home") %>', default_params2);

    And the updateList method in the C# code:

            public ActionResult updateList(bool check1, bool check2)
                themainlist = null;
                if (check1 && check2)
                    themainlist = bothlists;
                else if (check1 && !check2)
                    themainlist = list1;
                else if (!check1 && check2)
                    themainlist = list2;
                    themainlist = null;
                return Json(true, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);

    I hope that is helpful.

  4. 4 Posted by moonlight293 on 08 Oct, 2012 08:15 PM

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    And the Autocomplete2 Method, for good measure:

    public JsonResult Autocomplete2(string q)
                if (themainlist != null)
                    var filteredItems = themainlist.Where(
                        item => item.Value.IndexOf(q, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase) == 0
                    filteredItems = filteredItems.Union(themainlist.Where(
                        item => item.Value.IndexOf(q, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase) > 0
                    var sortedList = filteredItems.ToList();
                    var autoCompleteData = sortedList.Select(x => new { key = x.Key, value = x.Value }).ToArray();
                    return Json(autoCompleteData, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);
                    List<KeyValuePair<string, string>> list = new List<KeyValuePair<string, string>>();
                    return Json(list, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);
  5. 5 Posted by moonlight293 on 08 Oct, 2012 10:25 PM

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    Apologies for the reply spam - but after testing around I have realised that this issue is specific to IE (which, unfortunately, many of our users use).

    IE caches AJAX requests, so to fix this I used
    $.ajaxSetup({ cache: false });

    Now it works perfectly! :)

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