Displaying Your Spice Instant Answer

The final step in every Instant Answer is displaying it to the user. All Instant Answers display in the "AnswerBar", which is the area above the organic search results. The way each Instant Answer is displayed and behaves is determined by a set of display options and events. This document shows you how to set these options for a Spice.

Once your Instant Answer has been triggered, and the API request has returned a response to the client, the final step is to display your results onscreen.


Contents of the Spice Front end Callback

The Spice front end (JavaScript) contains a callback which receives the results of the API call, and then displays your Spice. For an example of how the Spice front end callback works, check out the forum lookup walkthrough.

The most important part of this callback, and often the only part, is calling Spice.add(). This function gives you a lot of control over your results' appearance, context, and user interactions.

Available Options

The properties you can pass to the Spice.add() function are documented in the display options reference. This document provides an in-depth overview of all that Spice.add() allows you to do.

In some scenarios, you may also want to handle the AnswerBar's events (for example, to stop media playing when the user hides your Instant Answer). These events are covered at the end of the reference.

Calling Spice.add()

The following is a code summary of how the options covered in the display options reference are passed to Spice.add()


    // Required properties:

    id: String,
    name: String,
    data: Array or Object (in the case of a single item),

    meta: {
        searchTerm: String,
        itemType: String,

        primaryText: String,
        secondaryText: String,

        sourceName: String,
        sourceLogo: String,
        sourceUrl: String (url),
        sourceIcon: Boolean,
        sourceIconUrl: String (url),

        snippetChars: Integer

    templates: {
        group: String,

        item: String|Function,
        item_mobile: String|Function,

        detail: String|Function,
        detail_custom: String|Function,
        detail_mobile: String|Function,
        item_detail: String|Function,

        options: Object

        variants: Object

        elClass: Object

    // Optional properties:

    normalize: Function,

    relevancy: {
        type: String,
        skip_words: [, String],
        primary: [, Object],
        dup: String,

    view: String,
    model: String,

    sort_fields: Object,
    sort_default: String|Object,

    onItemSelected: Function,
    onItemUnselect: Function,
    onShow: Function,
    onHide: Function


For more information on each property and its usage, visit the display options reference.

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