Forms - Lists (drop down)

Posted on 2006-03-27
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I want to make a form with three drop down lists that are all interconected.  See example at  As you can see, when I choose a topic from the top list, the second list changes to correspond with my choice.  Can this be done in Dreamweaver?  How complicated is this?

Question by:livewirewebsolutions
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    I am just posting a marker here.. because I want to find out how to do this too.
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Hi livewirewebsolutions,

    They way they are doing it is fairly complicated.  This is not native to Dreamweaver, although you may be able to find a extension that does it.  You need to use javascript to do this.

    View the page source to see the javascript they are using.  Basically, onChange fires a function that opens a PHP page and runs a query to get the values for the next box and probably rewrites the CSS class to make it visible.

    Here's a tutorial that does something similar:
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    There is a way to do this entirely on the client side using javascript.  I swear there used to be functionality to do this built into Dreamweaver but I can't find it in v8, along with a whole lot more...

    Anyway, Macromedia's tutorial is here
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    by:Jason C. Levine

    I've been on board with DW since v3 and I've never seen this functionality...

    Javascript jump menus, yes.  Dynamic list boxes, yes.  Cascading dynamic list boxes, uh-uh.

    If you can remember which version, I'll dig out the CD and install it...I want this support too!
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    I saw a screen grab yesterday while searching for this solution and definitely remember having the same functionality, although a LONG time ago.  I think it was v4 as that's the first one I got.
    The functionality appeared as a large dialogue box where you enter the values for the first drop-down, and then alongside each one enter the values to appear in the second drop-down when the first selection is made.  Unless my version came with some sort of 'extension bonus' I'm going to keep my eyes open and if I find this functionality I'll send you an email with the details.
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Cool, thanks.

    Now if I could only remember which box I stuck all of the old CDs in...

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