FireFox and selected on page refresh

Posted on 2007-07-20
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Based on this simple code:

        <option value="0">S1</option>
         <option value="2" selected>S2</option>
        <option value="3">S3</option>

Both IE and FireFox make the default selected value 2 (like they should) but when the page is refreshed IE goes back to the value 2 but FireFox does not. FireFox remebers the value that was selected when the page was refreshed.

Anyone know how to make FF act like IE with this?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:thinksysinc
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jasonsbytes earned 1000 total points
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This is a FF browser 'feature' that occurs when you do a 'soft' refresh (from the cache), if you force a hard refresh (reload from server) it acts the same.

You can force a hard refresh with 'ctrl+f5' instead of just 'f5'.

You can not control this from your code or html, it is something the user can configure in FF.  I must say, I rather LIKE the feature.
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Expert Comment

ID: 19534366
actually, i just did some searching and it seems some folks believe you can turn it off... so, give this a try and let me know what happens:


Hope it works!

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ID: 19534436
jasonsbytes -

Yup you can turn it off. I tested it and it works.

I can see the good in having it remember the values but what I am doing right now it is causing me problems.

Either way, thanks for the help.
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no problem, thanks for the fun question and points!!! :)

I actually learned something too!

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ID: 19534621
A quick and dirty hack is to change the name of the form every time the page loads. Then FF resets all the form data to the defaults for instance:
<form name="testForm<?PHP echo rand(0,9999);?>">
<input type="text" value="test">

the other option is to set all the form data to defaults with JS, for instance:
<script language="Javascript">
window.onLoad = setTimeout("setdefaults()", 1000);
function setdefaults(){
  document.getElementById('testText').value = 'Default Value';
<form name="testForm">
<input type="text" name="testText" id="testText" value="test">


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