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Using JQuery and a drop-down Select field to populate multiple text fields

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I have a simple drop-down select field in a form which contains 4 other text fields. When a user selects an item from the select list, I want to change the default value in the 4 other fields based on the selected item.
I'd like to do so using JQuery.
The select field is generated on the server from mysql database. I can generate anything necessary in the Javascript.

I was thinking I could generate a Javascript Array containing the necessary data to populate the text fields.
Is this method feasible? Please provide an example.
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Albert Van Halen earned 250 total points
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Look at the code.
Perhaps it's working for you
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
	<head>
		<title>DropDownList Populate</title>
		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />
        <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    </head>
<body>
<script type="text/javascript">
// array list generated on the server
var tbValues = [];
tbValues["1"] = ['The first textbox', '', 'The 3rd', 'Last but not least; the 4th'];
tbValues["2"] = ['The first textbox', 'The second one', 'The 3rd', 'Last but not least; the 4th'];
tbValues["option3"] = ['3 : The first textbox', '3 : The second', '3 : The 3rd', '3 : Last but not least; the 4th'];
tbValues["4"] = ['4 - empty', '4 - The second', '4 - The 3rd', '4 - Last but not least; the 4th'];
 
function changeDropDownList() {
	var val = $(this).val();
	if (val != "") {
		$("#myTextBox1").val(tbValues[val][0]);
		$("#myTextBox2").val(tbValues[val][1]);
		$("#myTextBox3").val(tbValues[val][2]);
		$("#myTextBox4").val(tbValues[val][3]);
	} else {
		// Clear the textboxes
		$("#myTextBox1").val(val);
		$("#myTextBox2").val(val);
		$("#myTextBox3").val(val);
		$("#myTextBox4").val(val);
	}
}
 
$(function() {
	// Bind the change event
	$("#myDropDownList").bind("change", changeDropDownList);
});
</script>
	<form>
		<select id="myDropDownList">
			<option value="">Please select</option>
			<option value="1">One</option>
			<option value="2">Two</option>
			<option value="option3">Three</option>
			<option value="4">Four</option>
		</select>
		<input type="text" id="myTextBox1" />
		<input type="text" id="myTextBox2" />
		<input type="text" id="myTextBox3" />
		<input type="text" id="myTextBox4" />
	</form>
</body>
</html>

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First class solution! Thank you very much.
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