Customize Item Appearance

For a minor customization of TagBox items, you can use the default item template. This template defines the appearance of an item depending on whether specific fields are present or absent from the item's data object. For example, the following code generates three items: the first is not customized, the second is disabled and the third is hidden.

JavaScript
$(function() {
    $("#tagBoxContainer").dxTagBox({
        valueExpr: 'text',
        displayExpr: 'text',
        dataSource: [
            { text: "HD Video Player" },
            { text: "SuperHD Video Player", disabled: true },
            { text: "SuperPlasma 50", visible: false }
        ],
        placeholder: "Select products..."
    });
});

Using the default item template is the easiest way to customize an item, but it lacks flexibility. Instead, you can define a custom template for widget items. For AngularJS and Knockout apps, DevExtreme provides a markup component called dxTemplate. The following code shows how you can use dxTemplate to define a template for the TagBox items.

AngularJS

HTML
<div ng-controller="DemoController">
    <div dx-tag-box="{
        dataSource: tagBoxData,
        valueExpr: 'id',
        displayExpr: 'name',
        itemTemplate: 'item'
    }" dx-item-alias="product">
        <div data-options="dxTemplate: { name: 'item' }">
            <img ng-src="{{ product.imgSrc }}"/>
            <div style="display:inline-block">{{ product.name }}</div>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>
JavaScript
angular.module('DemoApp', ['dx'])
    .controller('DemoController', function ($scope) {
        $scope.tagBoxData = [{
            id: 1,
            name: "HD Video Player",
            imgSrc: "images/products/1-small.png"
        }, {
            id: 2,
            name: "UltraHD Player",
            imgSrc: "images/products/2-small.png"
        },
        // . . .
        ];
    });

NOTE: The dx-item-alias directive specifies the variable that is used to access the item object.

Knockout

HTML
<div data-bind="dxTagBox: {
    dataSource: tagBoxData,
    valueExpr: 'id',
    displayExpr: 'name',
    itemTemplate: 'item'
}">
    <div data-options="dxTemplate: { name: 'item' }">
        <img data-bind="attr: { src: imgSrc }"/>
        <div style="display:inline-block" data-bind="text: name"></div>
    </div>
</div>
JavaScript
var viewModel = {
    tagBoxData: [{
        id: 1,
        name: "HD Video Player",
        imgSrc: "images/products/1-small.png"
    }, {
        id: 2,
        name: "UltraHD Player",
        imgSrc: "images/products/2-small.png"
    },
    // . . .
    ]
};

ko.applyBindings(viewModel);

If you use jQuery alone, combine the HTML markup for items manually with jQuery DOM manipulation methods. To apply this markup, use the itemTemplate callback function as shown in the following code.

JavaScript
var tagBoxData = [{
    id: 1,
    name: "HD Video Player",
    imgSrc: "images/products/1-small.png"
}, {
    id: 2,
    name: "UltraHD Player",
    imgSrc: "images/products/2-small.png"
},
// . . .
];

$(function() {
    $("#tagBoxContainer").dxTagBox({
        dataSource: tagBoxData,
        valueExpr: 'id',
        displayExpr: 'name',
        itemTemplate: function (itemData, itemIndex, itemElement) {
            return $("<div />").append(
                $("<img />").attr("src", itemData.imgSrc),
                $("<p />").text(itemData.name)
                          .css("display", "inline-block")
            );
        }
    });
});

You can also customize an individual item in the drop-down list. For this purpose, declare a template for this item as a script and pass its id to the template field.

HTML
<script id="individualTemplate" type="text/html">
    <!-- ... -->
</script>
JavaScript
var tagBoxData = [
    { text: "SuperHD Player"},
    { text: "HD Video Player", template: $("#individualTemplate") },
    // . . .
];

Using similar techniques, you can also customize tags of the selected items. The template for them should be assigned to the tagTemplate option.

AngularJS

HTML
<div ng-controller="DemoController">
    <div dx-tag-box="{
        dataSource: tagBoxData,
        valueExpr: 'id',
        displayExpr: 'name',
        tagTemplate: 'tagTemplate'
    }" dx-item-alias="product">
        <div data-options="dxTemplate: { name: 'tagTemplate' }">
            <p><b>{{ product.name }}</b> ({{ product.id }})</p>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>

Knockout

HTML
<div data-bind="dxTagBox: {
    dataSource: tagBoxData,
    valueExpr: 'id',
    displayExpr: 'name',
    tagTemplate: 'tagTemplate'
}">
    <div data-options="dxTemplate: { name: 'tagTemplate' }">
        <p><b data-bind="text: name"></b> (<span data-bind="text: id"></span>)</p>
    </div>
</div>

jQuery

JavaScript
$(function() {
    $("#tagBoxContainer").dxTagBox({
        dataSource: tagBoxData,
        valueExpr: 'id',
        displayExpr: 'name',
        tagTemplate: function (itemData, tagElement) {
            tagElement.append("<p><b>" + itemData.name + "</b> (" + itemData.id + ")</p>");
        }
    });
});

In addition, you can use a 3rd-party template engine to customize widget appearance. For more information, see the Use an Alternative Template Engine article.

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