Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the issue.  I removed the line
of code adding in the strong tab, but am still seeing the failed
autocompleter on first attempt.  I typed in "Ja" and got nothing.
"Jam" and I get the corresponding results.  Back to "Ja" (by just
hitting backspace) and I get the corresponding results.

On Sep 26, 12:53 pm, Walter Lee Davis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> You don't say if you're having any problems with this, but you can  
> remove the autocomplete (invalid) attribute -- Scripty adds that  
> behavior automagically. Otherwise, this looks okay from the calling  
> side.
> If your return includes anything besides a bare list (and these  
> strong tags count, I believe) then you might see failure from there.  
> You're returning a UL, but it's being treated as a data store more  
> than a presentational element. I see what you're trying to accomplish  
> here, but you need to add that style using another means. There is a  
> "hook" event that happens after the autocompleter has refreshed its  
> display. Try patching into that to find and replace the search text  
> within the result list with a 'stronged' version of itself.
> Walter
> On Sep 26, 2008, at 12:03 PM, ericindc wrote:
> > Thanks Walter, that cleared things up.
> > Here is a link to the HTML that contains the new Ajax.Autocompleter
> > code as well as my input field and response div.  The PHP script
> > prints a string of the following format:
> > [ul]
> >    [li id="1234"][strong]Perk[/strong]ins, Justin[/li]
> >    [li id="5678"][strong]Perk[/strong]ins, Tim[/li]
> > [/ul]
> >http://pastie.org/279871
> > On Sep 26, 11:18 am, Walter Lee Davis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >> When the Autocompleter says "returns", it means returns in the same
> >> way that when you request a page from a Web server, the server
> >> returns that page. It's a HTTP return, not a PHP return.
> >> A function (in PHP or any language) may return a string or other
> >> variable. But that string won't go anywhere outside the application
> >> server (won't be sent to the browser) unless you print() or echo()  
> >> it.
> >> Walter
> >> On Sep 25, 2008, at 8:16 PM, ericindc wrote:
> >>> The part I was confused on is that my PHP code
> >>> doesn't actually return the string containing the unordered list,  
> >>> but
> >>> rather prints it.- Hide quoted text -
> >> - Show quoted text -- Hide quoted text -
> - Show quoted text -
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