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Underline Matched Searches in the ComboBox


Product Progress® Kendo UI® ComboBox for jQuery
Operating System Windows 10 64bit
Visual Studio Version Visual Studio 2017
Preferred Language JavaScript


How can I underline a matched input-field search in a Kendo UI ComboBox?


The following example demonstrates how to achieve the desired scenario.

<input id="fabric" placeholder="Select fabric..." />
  function formatValue(value, text) {
    var textMatcher = new RegExp(text, "ig");

    return value.replace(textMatcher, function(match) {
      return "<u>" + match + "</u>";

  $(document).ready(function() {
    // create ComboBox from input HTML element
    var combo = $("#fabric").kendoComboBox({
      dataTextField: "text",
      dataValueField: "value",
      dataSource: [
        { text: "Cotton", value: "1" },
        { text: "Polyester", value: "2" },
        { text: "Cotton/Polyester", value: "3" },
        { text: "Rib Knit", value: "4" }
      filter: "contains",
      suggest: true

      template: $.proxy(kendo.template("#= formatValue(text, this.text()) #"), combo)

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