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Re: and dynamic dropdown menus

by thunders (Priest)
on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:57 UTC ( #788965=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to and dynamic dropdown menus

This is definitely something that requires Javascript. Here's a self-contained example to get you started. If you need to generate the values in the select boxes dynamically you could either dynamically generate the "osMap" data structure in your CGI, or better yet write a web service that returns just that structure as JSON via a XMLHttpRequest. If you need to do a lot of work like this, I highly recommend investing some time in learning a javascript toolkit like Dojo.

<html> <body> Operating System: <select id="os" onchange="changeOS"> <option>--Choose OS--</option> </select><br/> Flavor:<select id="variant"></select> <script> var osMap = { "Windows":["95","98","NT","ME","2000","XP","Vista"], "Mac":["OS9","OSX(PPC)","OSX(x86)"], "Linux":["RedHat","Ubuntu","Debian","Slackware"] }; var osselect = document.getElementById('os'); var i=1; for (os in osMap){ osselect.options[i++] = new Option(os) } osselect.onchange = function(){ var variant = document.getElementById('variant'); var flavors = osMap[this.options[this.selectedIndex].value]; variant.length = 0; if(flavors){ for(i = 0; i<flavors.length;i++){ variant.options[i] = new Option(flavors[i]); } } } </script> </body> </html>

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