Insert value from dropdown into textarea onclick

I have a form (see code snippet) that has a dropdown menu and a textarea. When someone selects something from the dropdown I want to insert it into the textarea.

How would I do this?
<form id="form1" action="" method="post">
	<select name="options">
		<option>Select a template</option>
		<option>Nobody at home</option>
		<option>Something else</option>
	</select>
	<textarea rows="15" cols="57" name="notes"></textarea><br />
	<input type="submit" value="">
</form>

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synergiqAsked:
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divstarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try this javascript function.

The parameter dropdown is the id of the dropdown menu to be chosen from
The parameter textbox is the id of the textbox to be inserted into

In this example I have ran the function when the menu changes using the onchange attribute


...
<head>
<script type="text/javascript">
function setTextbox(dropdown,textbox)
{
	document.getElementById(textbox).value =      document.getElementById(dropdown).value;
}
</script>
</head>
 
<body>
<form id="form1" action="" method="post">
        <select name="options" id="options" onchange="setTextbox('options','notes');">
                <option>Select a template</option>
                <option>Nobody at home</option>
                <option>Something else</option>
        </select>
        <textarea rows="15" cols="57" name="notes" id="notes"></textarea><br />
        <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>
</body>
...

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bugadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This may be done without changing your layout but by inserting a simple javascript fuinction in your head block
<html>
  <head>
  <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1250">
  <title></title>
   <script type="text/javascript">
      window.onload = function() {
         var form = document.getElementById("form1");
         form.options.onchange = function(e) {
            form.notes.value = this.options[this.selectedIndex].text;
            return true;
         }
      }
   </script>
  
  </head>
  <body>
 
<form id="form1" action="" method="post">
        <select name="options">
                <option>Select a template</option>
                <option>Nobody at home</option>
                <option>Something else</option>
        </select>
        <textarea rows="15" cols="57" name="notes"></textarea><br />
        <input type="submit" value="">
</form>
 
  </body>
</html>

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synergiqAuthor Commented:
Hi, both solutions work but is it possible to just add the text from the dropdown on to the end of what's in the textarea rather than replacing it?
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bugadaCommented:
of course change line 9 as follows:



form.notes.value += this.options[this.selectedIndex].text;

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bugadaCommented:
and try the code with IE, normally IE has strange effects...
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divstarCommented:
You may wish to add a new line so that it inserts underneath anything already present

In which case line 9 from bugada's code would be
form.notes.value += '\n'+this.options[this.selectedIndex].text;

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synergiqAuthor Commented:
Perfect, thanks. I'll split the points as both solutions worked.
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bugadaCommented:
Thank you, a good decision.
Happy that helped you.
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