Run javascript function when user finishes typing instead of on key up?

I want to trigger an ajax request when the user has finished typing in a text box. I don’t want it to run the function on every time the user types a letter because that would result in A LOT of ajax requests, however I don’t want them to have to hit the enter button either.

Is there a way so I can detect when the user has finished typing and then do the ajax request?

Using jQuery here! Dave


So, I’m going to guess finish typing means you just stop for a while, say 5 seconds. So with that in mind, lets start a timer when the user releases a key and clear it when they press one. I decided the input in question will be #myInput.

Making a few assumptions…

//setup before functions
var typingTimer;                //timer identifier
var doneTypingInterval = 5000;  //time in ms, 5 second for example
var $input = $('#myInput');

//on keyup, start the countdown
$input.on('keyup', function () {
  typingTimer = setTimeout(doneTyping, doneTypingInterval);

//on keydown, clear the countdown 
$input.on('keydown', function () {

//user is "finished typing," do something
function doneTyping () {
  //do something

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