Select2 vs Chosen

Select2 and Chosen are both great javascript widgets for enhancing the HTML select tag. They have a lot of similarity and a few differences. How to pick? These just a few issues I have run into. I am using Select2 V4 and Chosen 1.1.

Form Tabbing

A lot of users prefer keyboard to a mouse. Both widgets allow that. However, Chosen handles tab better. With Chosen, tab completes the entry and moves to the next form field. With Select2, I could not get tab to move to the next field. Select2 messes with the tabindex property. I am guessing that is part of the problem.

Tagging

This is the reason I used Select2 instead of Chosen. Tagging allows the user to input something that is not already in the select widget.

 

 

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