Kendo UI for jQuery MultiSelect Overview

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The jQuery MultiSelect allows you to display a multiple selection from a list of choices. It provides virtualization and customization through templates.

In this demo, you can see the MultiSelect created from a select element, bound to a local dataSource and filtering enabled. The demo also demonstrates the noDataTemplate configuration option.

The Kendo UI for jQuery MultiSelect control is part of Kendo UI for jQuery, a comprehensive, professional-grade UI library for building modern and feature-rich applications. The Kendo UI for jQuery collection provides 110+ UI components, an abundance of data-visualization gadgets, client-side data source, and a built-in MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) library.

This MultiSelect example is part of a unique collection of hundreds of jQuery demos, with which you can see all Kendo UI for jQuery components and their features in action. View the source code of the demos from the library or directly adapt, and edit them and their theme appearance in Kendo UI for jQuery Dojo or ThemeBuilder.

Functionality and Features

  • Data binding–Allows you to bind the MultiSelect DataSource either to local arrays of data or to remote data.
  • Grouping–The MultiSelect grouping functionality enables you to display data items that are categorized by a specific model field.
  • Server filtering–You can control the filtering functionality of the MultiSelect and filter the data on the server.
  • Virtualization–The virtualization functionality improves performance when large data is loaded in the MultiSelect. It uses a fixed amount of list items in the popup list regardless of the dataset size.
  • Templates–The MultiSelect templates allow you to customize the rendering of items, selected values, and popup headers
  • Accessibility–The MultiSelect is accessible for screen readers, supports WAI-ARIA attributes, and delivers keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation.

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