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Use 2 combo boxes to correspond with eachother

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I need 2 combo boxes to correspond with eachother on my JSP page. If a user picks a selection from "combobox1" I want my SQL query that is embedded in a "DataHandler" class file to use that value to populate "combobox2" which is in the same JSP page.

this is what I have in my JSP page so far.....

I've set up a combo box for one of them to show where everything is coming from, and the format to kind of follow.

What I want it to do is when the first combo box changes, I want the second (new) combo box to populate, according to what the value (getuserid()) is in the first combo box.......

<html>
<head>
    <title>EmailCombo</title>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/JavaScript">
        <!--
        function MM_openBrWindow(theURL,winName,features) { //v2.0
        window.open(theURL,winName,features);
        }
        //-->
    </script>
</head>

<body>
    <font size="4" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></strong>
    <div align=center>Deliverable Evaluation Form: Document </div>
    <font size="2">
    <p>&nbsp;</p>
    <hr size="5" align="center" noshade>
    <strong>Section 1: Agency and Task Information</strong>
        <%@page import="bah.arl.util.*" %>
        <%@page import="bah.arl.evaluations.*" %>
        <%@page import="bah.arl.evaluations.servlet.*" %>
        <%@page import="java.util.*" %>
        <%@page import="java.sql.*" %>
<%
try
{
Properties props = new Properties();

//DataHandler class connects to my database//
DataHandler dataHandler =  new DataHandler(getServletContext().getInitParameter("abc"), getServletContext().getInitParameter("dbName"), "user1", "user1");

//This ArrayList is set up as a query in my DataHandler class... SELECT * FROM USERS
ArrayList emails = dataHandler.getAllUserids();

//This is actually a servlet "evaluationsSessionBean that sets Userids...
evaluationsSessionBean evaluationsSessionBean = new evaluationsSessionBean();
evaluationsSessionBean.setUserids(emails);

session.setAttribute("evaluationsSession", evaluationsSessionBean);

%>
       <form name="reqForm" method="post" action="http://localhost:8080/evaluations/evaluations.jsp?requestType=1" target="docEvaluation.jsp">
        <p>
        <table border="0" width="25%">
        <tr><td><font size="2">Choose Your Agency:</font></td>
        <td>
  <select name="agencyID">
        </p>
    <%
        Iterator emailsIter = emails.iterator();
        while(emailsIter.hasNext())
        {
            UserIDs currUser = (UserIDs)emailsIter.next();
       
    %>
            <option value="<%=currUser.getuserid()%>"><%=currUser.getuserid()%></option>
    <%
        }
    %>
        </select></td></tr>
     
   <%
 }
 catch(Exception err)
 {
    err.printStackTrace();
    out.println("what\n");
 }
        %>
        </tr></table>
       <p>&nbsp;</p>
        <p>&nbsp;</p>
       
        <input type="submit" name="systemButton" value="Submit">
        <input type="reset" name="clearForm" value="Reset">
        </p>
        </form>
        &nbsp;
    </font>
</body>
</html>
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by:TimYates
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Is this the same question as http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Languages/JSP/Q_21123826.html

Javascript is the easiest way to do this...  But you should really sort out the first question before asking the same thing again...
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by:apapanic
ID: 12071530
It is similar, can you answer the first question?
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by:TimYates
ID: 12073094
You will have to use javascript at some level for doing this...

either like suggested in the other question, or by adding a onChange event to the 1st combobox so that it posts the form to the server again, which can set the values for the second combo box.

you can add a hidden field to the form, which a javascript method can set to "populate" when the combobox is changed and then the server can get this field, and if it has the value "populate", it can fil in the second combo box dependant on the value of the first one, and send this new HTML page to the user.

But that is the only way I can think of doing it that will work across multiple browsers...

Tim
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MogalManic earned 500 total points
ID: 12091432
Something like this:
<form name='reqForm' action='' method='get>
   ...
   <select name='agencyID' onchange='reqForm.submit()'>
     <%...Code to populate this list...%>
   </select>
   ...
   <select name='depenantList'>
      <%...Code to populate this list OR empty list if agencyID is not selected...%>
   </select>

    <input type='submit' name='systemButton'
value='Submit' onclick='javascript:reqForm.action='http://localhost:8080/evaluations/evaluations.jsp?requestType=1';reqForm.target='docEvaluation.jsp';return true;'/>
...
</form>

This page will submit the form when the user changes the 1st droplist.  The 2nd droplist will be empty because the 1st droplist has no default choice selected.  The action is '' so the page will be submitted back to the same page.  The second page will populate the 1st and seconds droplists again, but this time the second droplist will use the 1st droplist as a key to queryt the DB and populate the 2nd droplist.  When the user clicks the submit button the javascript changes the action to the new page and the form is submitted to the other page.

NOTE: the Onclick for the submit button should probably be moved to a javascript function so you can do validation as well.
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