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Hi!

I have a couple of dynamically created <select size="10" multiple> elements (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html32#select). I'm wondering if it is possible to retrieve several <option> values from one <select> on to the server side?

I tried to list the parameters received by the servlet with the following snippet:

    Enumeration e   = request.getParameterNames();
    String s        = "";
    while ( e.hasMoreElements() ) {
      s = (String)e.nextElement();
      System.out.println( "Param: <" + s + "> Value: <" + (String)request.getParameter(s) + ">" );
    }


But I received only one value from each <select> (both had multiple options selected):

Param: <listboxFooBar> Value: <foo>
Param: <listboxBarFoo> Value: <bar>
Param: <Submit> Value: <Tallenna>

I will increase the points for this question to 300 if a solution is found. If no solution is found then the first one to answer "it can't be done" will get the points :D


Regards,

Marko
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by:knightEknight
ID: 7175270
it can't be done.

(actually, I think it can ... but just in case it can't, I wanted to be first:)

stand by, I'll look into it ...
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knightEknight earned 1200 total points
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use request.getParameterValues instead ... which returns a String[] ... for example:



<HTML>
<BODY>
<FORM name='myform' method='post'>
 <SELECT name='myselect' multiple>
  <OPTION value='0'>Zero</option>
  <OPTION value='1'>One</option>
  <OPTION value='2'>Two</option>
  <OPTION value='3'>Three</option>
  <OPTION value='4'>Four</option>
  <OPTION value='5'>Five</option>
  <OPTION value='6'>Six</option>
  <OPTION value='7'>Seven</option>
 </select>
 <INPUT type='submit'>
</form>
<P>
<%
  String[] sa = request.getParameterValues("myselect");

  for ( int i=0; i<sa.length; i++ )
  {
    %><%= sa[i] + ", " %><%
  }
%>
</body>
</html>
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by:knightEknight
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forgot to check for nulls ...


  if ( sa==null )
  {
     %><%=request.getParameter("myselect")%><%
  }
  else for ( int i=0; i<sa.length; i++ )
  {
     %><%= sa[i] + ", " %><%
  }
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by:_marko_
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Hello knightEknight!

Yes :-) That was exactly what I was looking for. Sorry for the delay (was out of the office).


Thanks!


Marko
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