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function to say whether a radio button is checked not returning anything

Attached function is supposed to tell me whether or not a radio button called "selectprogram" is checked. There could be many of these radio buttons on the screen with the same name. I just need to know if one of them is checked, or if none are checked. I run the function, I get no results at all. Syntax problem?
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
	function refreshpage(displaycat){
		/*document.mainform.displaycat.value=displaycat;*/

		var inputVal = $('input[name='selectprogram']:checked', '#mainform').val()

		if (inputVal !== ""){
			alert ("nothing");
		} else {
			alert ("something");
		}

		/*document.mainform.submit();*/
	}
</script>

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Brad Bansner
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Albert Van HalenAnalyst developerCommented:
The context must be
A DOM Element, Document, or jQuery to use as context
.
Use double quotes in your selector and single quotes in your attribute selector.

So use this
$("input[name='selectprogram']:checked", $("#mainform"))

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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Here is what I have now. I cannot run the function at all, Firebug says refreshpage is not defined. So something isn't quite right.
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
	function refreshpage(displaycat){
		/*document.mainform.displaycat.value=displaycat;*/

		var inputVal = $("input[name='selectprogram']:checked", $("#mainform").val();

		if (inputVal !== ""){
			alert ("nothing");
		} else {
			alert ("something");
		}

		/*document.mainform.submit();*/
	}
</script>

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McNeticCommented:
First: Did you check your javascript was loading without errors? You tried to add ' quotes into a string surrounded by ' quotes - replace the outer quotes by ".

Second, your selector is probably not what you wanted:

$("input[name='selectprogram']:checked", '#mainform')

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This selects all selected inputs with name selectedprogram + all elements with id mainform. What you probably wanted was the same inputs, but only inside mainform - that would be
$("#mainform input[name='selectprogram']:checked")

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Third, if none of the radios is selected, your result will not be "" but rather undefined, so you should check for this.
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McNeticCommented:
Sorry, I was late. Now, in your code theres a missing ) before val().
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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
OK, here is what I have now. When I run the function, it says "nothing" no matter what... if a radio button is checked or if none of them are checked. Firebug = no errors currently.

Sorry, I am new to jQuery and trying to learn, but the syntax is driving me crazy.
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
	function refreshpage(displaycat){
		/*document.mainform.displaycat.value=displaycat;*/

		var inputVal = $("#mainform input[name='selectprogram']:checked").val();

		if (inputVal !== ""){
			alert ("nothing");
		} else {
			alert ("something");
		}

		/*document.mainform.submit();*/
	}
</script>

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McNeticCommented:
As I told you, the result of val() will be undefined if no radio button is selected, and a string containing a value if not. So, you have to test for undefined:
if (undefined == inputVal) {
  alert("nothing");
} else {
  alert("something");
}

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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Ah, works now finally! Thank you!
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Albert Van HalenAnalyst developerCommented:
@McNetic : provided selector is correct. Element with id mainForm is the context.
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McNeticCommented:
@AlbertVanHalen: My answers was only referring to the original question, where the context was not correct. I did, however, not see the author was trying to set context.

However, I think the solution without conext should be (marginally) more efficient, as $() is called once fewer. Context is most helpful wenn context element is already jqueryfied.
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