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How to eval() dynamic object name with '-' in its name

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Hello,
i use a form with a lot of checkboxes, which are generated dynamically. Every checkbox has its ID which comes from a database. These IDs can be positive or negative. Thus a checkbox can have a name like "mybox-2".
Sadly my JavaScript function has a problem with such names...
How can i tell the eval() function to evaluate '"document.formWithCheckboxes.mybox" + boxID' as a String for negative boxIDs, too?

Thanks in advance!
function swapAll(boxID) {
            box = eval("document.formWithCheckboxes.mybox" + boxID);
            box.checked = !box.checked;
}

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Question by:sumawuscha
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sumawuscha,

Try ...

box = eval("document.formWithCheckboxes.elements[mybox" + boxID + "]");

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

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Göran Andersson earned 65 total points
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Don't use eval at all:

box = document.formWithCheckboxes.elements('mybox' + boxID);
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You will need to use square brackets with elements.  For example ...

box = document.formWithCheckboxes.elements['mybox' + boxID];

Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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by:Göran Andersson
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Right... I was looking at the Microsoft documentation, which specifies parentheses...
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@GreenGhost - I have made the same mistake at least a few times as I switch from ASP/vbscript to Javascript and back.  The MS document probably was using clientside vbscript which needs parentheses.  Good suggestion to lose the eval() though unless it is needed for some reason we can't see. :)

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