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Retrieving value from combo box

Posted on 2004-08-05
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In one script I have a combo box that is filled with values retrieved from my database.  I also have a link which passes 2 parameters to another script.  One of these parameters must be the value from the combo box:

<a href="script2.php?value=value1&combo=comboboxvalue">

How can I retrieve this combo box value and add it to the link.  My other script is setup to retrieve this value via $_GET so I don't want to post all the data.
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Question by:abstractionz
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by:Zyloch
Zyloch earned 35 total points
ID: 11729997
Hi

Your best bet is to use client side scripting with Javascript since this doesn't use the server. Something like this would work: (where you want to put your link, have this instead):

<script language="javascript">document.write("<a href=\"script2.php?value=value1&combo=" + document.FORM_NAME.COMBO_BOX_NAME.options[document.FORM_NAME.COMBO_BOX_NAME.selectedIndex].value + \"></script>
<noscript><a href="script2.php"></noscript>Script2.php</a>

Regards,
Zyloch
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730038
and what if value1 was a php variable?
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by:Zyloch
ID: 11730084
Simple.

document.write("<a href=\"script2.php?value=<?php echo($value1); ?>&combo=" + document.FORM_NAME.COMBO_BOX_NAME.options[document.FORM_NAME.COMBO_BOX_NAME.selectedIndex].value + \">

Regards,
${Zyloch}
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730274
This doesn't seem to be working.  Perhaps it is a small syntax error, because it looks like it should work?
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730283
 <script language="javascript">
  document.write("<a href=\"show_cart.php?productid=<?php echo($productid);?>&size=" + document.selectedsize.options[document.selectedsize.selectedIndex].value + \">
  </script>
  <noscript><a href="script2.php"></noscript>Script2.php</a>
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by:Zyloch
ID: 11730298
You have to access the select box like document.FORM_NAME.selectedsize.option[document.FORM_NAME.selectedsize.selectedIndex].value

Regards
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730376
 <script language="javascript">
  document.write("<a href=\"show_cart.php?productid=<?php echo($productid);?>&size=" + document.sizesform.selectedsize.options[document.sizesform.selectedsize.selectedIndex].value + \">")
  </script>
   <noscript><a href="show_cart.php"></noscript>show_cart.php</a>

There is no link, just show_cart.php in text
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by:Zyloch
ID: 11730472
Hmm... That might be my fault. Do this:
<script language="javascript">
  document.write("<a href=\"show_cart.php?productid=<?php echo($productid);?>&size=" + document.sizesform.selectedsize.options[document.sizesform.selectedsize.selectedIndex].value + \">show_cart.php</a>");
  </script>
<noscript><a href="show_cart.php">show_cart.php</a></noscript>

Regards
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730601
That didnt show anything
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11730650
does the fact that the form is within a table have anything to do with it?
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by:abstractionz
ID: 11731184
OK I got it working with:

document.write('<a href="show_cart.php?productid=<?php print $productid; ?>&size=' + document.sizesform.selectedsize.options[document.sizesform.selectedsize.selectedIndex].text + '">Add One To Cart');

document.write('</a>');

but this only puts the first selected size in the url.  if the user changes the size in the combo box it doesnt change the url.

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by:Zyloch
ID: 11731558
That's true. It may be better if you have it like this instead. Don't use document.write:

<a href="show_cart.php?productid=<?php print $productid; ?>&size=" onclick="window.location='show_cart.php?productid=<?php print $productid; ?>&size='+document.sizesform.selectedsize.options[document.sizesform.selectedsize.selectedIndex].text;">Add One To Cart</a>

This uses onclick instead of document.write. It takes the size that the user has selected when they clicked the link. If the user doesn't have Javascript, size will be nothing (as shown in href field)

Regards,
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that didnt show anything
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by:Zyloch
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Did you take out the document.write and the <noscript> tags?
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ushastry earned 40 total points
ID: 11733152
Try with this..

<?php
$value1 ="test";
?>

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
   var combo = "";
  function setValues(val)
 {
    myForm.combo.value    = val;
  }

</script>

<form name="myForm1">
<select name="selsize" onChange="setValues(this.options[this.selectedIndex].value)">
<option value="1">1
<option value="2">2
</select>
</form>

<a href="#" onclick="myForm.submit();"> send values </A>

<form name=myForm action="script2.php" method="GET">

<input type="hidden" name="combo" value="">
<input type="hidden" name="value" value="<?=$value1?>">

</form>


Hope this helps!
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