Getting value of selected option in Java Script

Posted on 2007-12-04
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I'm trying to get the value of the selected option when a drop down is changed like so;

<select name="months" id="months" onchange="updateMonth();">

However when I change the drop down, the alert says "Undefined"  where it's meant to say "January"

Can someone tell me where I'm going wrong?
function updateMonth() {
	var opIndex =;
	var opValue = new Array(;
	alert (opValue[opIndex]);

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Question by:Mr_Splash
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Zyloch earned 80 total points
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Do not create a new array. Instead, do something like this:

<select name="months" id="months" onchange="updateMonth(this);">

Then, you can have

function updateMonth(sel) {

Author Comment

ID: 20406887
Thanks Zyloch,

But I'm now getting [object HTMLOptionElement]

Implemented exactly as you specified.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20406901
try this
function updateMonth(sel) {
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Zvonko earned 45 total points
ID: 20406905
Or simplified:

<select name="months" id="months" onchange="updateMonth(this);">

function updateMonth(theSel){

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Expert Comment

ID: 20407015
That's right. I can't believe I forgot the value attribute, thanks for the save.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20407053
that is fine , but got no points anyway.

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