Radio Button Selected Value

AFAIK, to retrieve the selected value for <SELECT> in a single line javascript, I have the following code:

If I were wanted to do the same, retrive the selected value for <RADIO> in a single line javascript, how?

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is true if the button is checked, false if not.

if (document.form.radioButtonName.checked) {
 // checked. Do this.
} else {
 // not checked. Do that.

calvinfooAuthor Commented:
function openWindow(url, w, h, rs, sb) {
var windowprops = "width=" + w + ",height=" + h + ",resizable=" + rs + ",scrollbars=" + sb;
//windowprops += "center=yes;border=thin;help=no;status=no;locationbar=no;statusbar=no;locationbar=no;menubar=no;toolbar=no";

popup =,'remote',windowprops);

<FORM ACTION="newsletter.asp" METHOD="post" NAME="formemail">
  <INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="format" VALUE="2">HTML
  <INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="format" VALUE="1" CHECKED>Plain Text
  <TEXTAREA COLS="64" ROWS="12" NAME="bodytext"><%=strBodyText %></TEXTAREA>
  <INPUT TYPE="Button" VALUE="Preview" ONCLICK="openWindow('newsletter_preview.asp?bodytext='+this.form.bodytext.value+'&format='+this.form.format.checked, 630, 400, 'yes', 'yes');">

1. this sample form is simplified, may contains minor error
2. openWindow is a simplied javascript function of a pupup window

I tried your suggestion on "this.form.format.checked", but doesn't seems to be working... :(

This probly isn't the best way to do what you want, but it gets it done.

<title>Selected Radio Buttons</title>
<script language="JavaScript">
function subForm()
var j = 0;
var radio_buttons = new Array();
var the_form = window.document.forms[0];
for(var i=0; i<the_form.length; i++)
      var temp = the_form.elements[i].type;
      if((temp == "radio") && (the_form.elements[i].checked)) { radio_buttons[j] = the_form.elements[i].value; j++; }
for(var k=0; k<radio_buttons.length; k++)
      document.write(radio_buttons[k] + "<br>");
<form action="javascript: subForm();">
<input type="radio" name="r_1" value="A">A<br>
<input type="radio" name="r_1" value="B">B<br>
<input type="radio" name="r_1" value="C">C<br><br>
<input type="radio" name="r_2" value="D">D<br>
<input type="radio" name="r_2" value="E">E<br>
<input type="radio" name="r_2" value="F">F<br><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">
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how about this.....

function openWindow(url, w, h, rs, sb) {
var windowprops = "width=" + w + ",height=" + h + ",resizable=" + rs + ",scrollbars=" + sb;
//windowprops += "center=yes;border=thin;help=no;status=no;locationbar=no;statusbar=no;locationbar=no;menubar=no;toolbar=no";

popup =,'remote',windowprops);

<FORM ACTION="newsletter.asp" METHOD="post" NAME="formemail">
 <INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="format" VALUE="2" onclick="javascript:if(this.checked){document.formemail.radioval.value='2';}">HTML
 <INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="format" VALUE="1" CHECKED onclick="javascript:if(this.checked){document.formemail.radioval.value='1';}">Plain Text
 <TEXTAREA COLS="64" ROWS="12" NAME="bodytext"><%=strBodyText %></TEXTAREA>
 <INPUT TYPE="Button" VALUE="Preview" ONCLICK="openWindow('newsletter_preview.asp?bodytext='+this.form.bodytext.value+'&format='+this.form.radioval.value, 630, 400, 'yes', 'yes');">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" name="radioval" value='1'>

With my solution you won't have to loop through the radio buttons.
just the hidden filed will do the trick..

calvinfooAuthor Commented:
isn't there anyway direct get the value of the selected radio value like the example I have?

the thing is radio buttons do not work like select boxes.

say you have two different radiobuttons

i.e <input type="radio" name="rad1" value="1">

and <input type="radio" name="rad2" value="2">

then their values can be recieed by


but say you have multiple radio buttons with same name
i.e <input type="radio" name="commonrad" value="1">
and <input type="radio" name="commonrad" value="2">

now this has become an array.
so then you have to run a loop to get the value..

i.e document.formemail.commonrad[0].value will give 1
and document.formemail.commonrad[1].value will give 2

also you will have to check first which one is checked.

to avoid all this i had put an hiddenfield and just assigned the value of the radio button checked so that it can be accessed in a single line of code...


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calvinfooAuthor Commented:
great, now I understand the problem... :)
boy.. i hate javascript...

I realize that it is kind of late, but I just ran across this while looking for something else.

Anyway, how about this code (go to to see the whole thing in operation):

<input type=radio name="search" value="words" checked>
<input type=radio name="search" value="phrase">

<input type=radio name="where" value="page" checked>
<input type=radio name="where" value="title">


There's two sets of two radio buttons there, and it's all in a single line, just like you asked.
Dennis MaederCommented:
I use an entirely different strategy:
I set up a global (and persistent) variable, say rdat, in a <head> javascript block
<script type='text/javascript' language='javascript1.2'>

then for each radio button I add a short onclick statement:
<input type=radio name='radbut' value='X' onclick='rdat=value'>
<input type=radio name='radbut' value='Y' onclick='rdat=value'>
This way the selected radio button is always available in the variable rdat. (Or you could use a hidden input value)
e.g. alert('radio button value='+rdat);
Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
@dennis_maeder: Why the JS 1.2 your code would work in any JS implementation
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