php - Jquery Autocomplete to populate tree based sepearated by a string

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I have a requirement as follows:

I have to use autocomplete feature which will generate the text in input as follows: projectname.filename Where projectname is retrieved from one table and filename is retrieved from another dependent table. I have a code for autocomplete to one table. But, whenever I add '.' in input box, it should search for 2nd table for filenames for that respective project.

Can someone help me out on how to resolve this?

Here is the code, I used for retrieving data from one table. My requirement is, when I add '.', and start typing, it should populate based on that project name and show only filenames related to that project.

$( ".ac-default" ).autocomplete({
      source: "<?php echo base_url('MainController/get_projects_list'); ?>"
  });

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