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Hello experts,

I'm working on a page where I have a text box that I want to display something only.  I have a link that allows the user to select an employee (LDAP query) in a popup window.  Once selected the current application populates the text box on the parent form with the name they selected.  So I've been able to automate the process but I want to be sure the user doesn't then overtype a name that might not exist in the LDAP.  My thinking is that the simplest approach would be to somehow disable the text box for data entry.

I know you can disable the text box in IE but I have to make this work in Netscape (4.7) as well.  The display for the text box is populated by some Javascript.  The user must choose something.  Any suggestions.  Thanks

TD
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by:winningl
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It sounds like you just need a label but not a text box. In that case, the simplest solution is not use the text box. You can just display the text itself with some special background.

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by:tdenny
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Winning,

A good point but the javascript that I am currently using to populate the textbox on the parent form will only work to populate a text box.  
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by:tdenny
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Winning,

A good point but the javascript that I am currently using to populate the textbox on the parent form will only work to populate a text box.  
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by:tdenny
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Winning,

I wasn't aware of a "label" control in HTML. I know in access you can create a text box or a label and that the label can be populated with any number of possibilities but I didn't know you could do something like this in HTML
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by:SewellM
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There is an article with some possible solutions to your problem at
http://tech.irt.org/articles/js131/index.htm

It explores several possibilities for disabling form elements.

Michael
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by:SewellM
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Ooops, forgot one,
There is also an example at
http://www.devguru.com/features/knowledge_base/A100212_form.asp

This is supposed to work in NN4.x, but I have not tested it.

Michael
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by:tdenny
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SewellM,

I'm testing to see if I can get one of your suggested links to work in Netscape without losing any of my other functionality.  Thanks for the response.  
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by:dapperry
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A really simple way is to not allow them to focus on the text box using a bit of javascript. Heres a short example:

<script language="javascript">
     function GetLDAPUser() {
        /* Put your window opening codehere */
     }
</script>
<form name="form1" action="whatever.cfm" method="post">
     <input type="text" name="LDAP_User" onfocus="document.form1.btnSelectUser.focus();" style="....">
     <input type="button" name="btnSelectUser" onclick="GetLDAPUser()">
     ....
</form>

Hope this helps,

:) dapperry
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lpkuah earned 100 total points
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or another alternative

<input type="text" name="name1" value="" onFocus="this.blur()">
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by:tdenny
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lpkuah, daperry,

I really liked both of your answers.  Both tested and both will work.  Not sure how to split up the points or if I can even do that.  Thanks very much for those very clever solutions!!!
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