SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) autocomplete input text

Autocomplete has become a standard in modern application, when users are asked to type in inputs. In the example below, I implemented autocomplete functionality into an Xcelsius input text component. Start typing any zip code starting with 0 and hit the enter key to get the all the zip codes that match the starting numbers you typed in. (zip code list sourced from, not all zip codes represented, and accuracy of list is unknown)

To get this to work, I used an ajax technique. The Xcelsius file contains two eic variables, one for the value inserted in the text box, and one for the query results array presented in the spreadsheet component. The html page that embeds the swf contains a javascript functions that listens to changes in the value of the input eic. On change, it makes a call to a php file that uses the user input as part of a sql where clause, and gets the list of matching zip codes from a mySql database.
Since there are no native inpu text components in Xcelsius that write to the model while users type, users still need hit enter; ce la vie. Also, I limit the query results to 100 rows from the database, so you don’t get all 5600 zip codes that start with 0 as you type 0 and hit enter…
Using BusinessObjects native connectivity methods, such as BI Services, QaaWS or Live Office can eliminate the need for the ajax approach and basically trigger connections on change from within Xcelsius. All the source files for this example can be found here. Enjoy!

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5 Responses to SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) autocomplete input text

  1. Sreeni says:


    I am not able to download the zip file.


    • Ron Keler says:

      Sreeni, make sure your browser is allowed to download .zip files. The download is for a zip file that includes the .swf, .xlf, .php and .html files needed for this example.

  2. Kalyan Verma says:

    Ron, I didn’t take a look at the XLF, but I’m sure you are using the filtered rows approach. I was able to achieve all of this in a BOBJ environment. However one of the important features of auto complete is to show the list without hitting the “Enter” key. i.e. Show them as you type. Any thoughts?

  3. Kalyan Verma says:

    Ahhh, just found the free component on Centigon Labs…:)

    • Ron Keler says:

      Great Kalyan! Yes, i got this as far as possible without flex development, the Centigon solution, using a custom component, is a better fit for a “real world” implementation of this feature.

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