sending array as request parameter

i have multiple selection drop down in my jsp. it has some items, user can select items to delete them. when user clicks save after selecting some items i have to send  both selected and non selected items to servlet.

i'm planning to  put selected items in array and nonselected items in another array and send as request parameters to servlet

is there any way to send these arrays as request parameters other than being dropdowns or checkboxes
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kennethxuCommented:
>> i have multiple selection drop down in my jsp.
I don't think you can make multiple selection in drop down box. so I assume you are using multi-select box.

if you simply use form post, those selected items will be sent and you'll get it as an array using request.getParameterValues( "selectedItems" ). To handle those nonselected items, you'll actually have to put all available items in hidden fields. e.g. repeat all your available items as
<input type=hidden name=allItems value="item1">
<input type=hidden name=allItems value="item2">
...
<input type=hidden name=allitems value="itemN">
then you can use request.getParameterValues( "allItems" ) to get it.

I believe you know get nonselected items once you know all items and selected items.
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krispolsCommented:
hello soft_techy,

You could use the following concept:
1/The user call a servlet
2/ a) The servlet check on the session if the list allready exist.
    b) If not or if the content must change, then the servlet build a list that you will use to build your listbox, and put it on the session.
3/ In your jsp you use the list to build the list box.
4/ In the servlet called by the jsp, you get the list from the session and the selected items from the request.

regards
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