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Better list example

This example builds on the earlier simple list example by making it possible to remove items (with multi-selection) and to sort the list. The “remove” and “sort” buttons become disabled if they are not applicable (e.g., if there aren’t enough items to sort).

Check out the HTML source code to see how little code all this takes. This example also shows how you can use function literals in bindings (see the binding for ‘sort’).

Live example

Add item:

Your values:

Source code: View

<form data-bind="submit:addItem">
    Add item: <input type="text" data-bind='value:itemToAdd, valueUpdate: "afterkeydown"' />
    <button type="submit" data-bind="enable: itemToAdd().length > 0">Add</button>

<p>Your values:</p>
<select multiple="multiple" height="5" data-bind="options:allItems, selectedOptions:selectedItems"> </select>

    <button data-bind="click: removeSelected, enable: selectedItems().length > 0">Remove</button>
    <button data-bind="click: sortItems, enable: allItems().length > 1">Sort</button>

Source code: View model

    var BetterListModel = function () {
        this.itemToAdd = ko.observable("");
        this.allItems = ko.observableArray(["Fries", "Eggs Benedict", "Ham", "Cheese"]); // Initial items
        this.selectedItems = ko.observableArray(["Ham"]);                                // Initial selection

        this.addItem = function () {
            if ((this.itemToAdd() != "") && (this.allItems.indexOf(this.itemToAdd()) < 0)) // Prevent blanks and duplicates
            this.itemToAdd(""); // Clear the text box

        this.removeSelected = function () {
            this.selectedItems([]); // Clear selection

        this.sortItems = function() {

    ko.applyBindings(new BetterListModel());

Try it in jsFiddle