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Need help creating a form dropdown menu with URL Links that works with Joomla

Posted on 2012-03-28
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I am trying to get the following sample code to work on an Article in Joomla 1.5.9.   The code below works just fine on a standard HTML Page, but if I use this exact same code in a Joomla Article it does nothing.  I can press the "Take me there!" button and nothing happens.

Does anyone know how to make this simple code work on a Joomla Article?


SAMPLE CODE:

<form name="hop">
<p align="center">
<select name="choose">
<option selected>Choose One</option>
<option value="http://mousetrax.com">Mousetrax</option>
<option value="http://yahoo.com">Yahoo</option>
<option value="http://microsoft.com">Microsoft</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com">Linda's Computer Stop</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc">ABC Newsletter</option>
</select>
<input type="button" onClick="location=document.hop.choose.options[document.hop.choose.selectedIndex].value;" value="Take me there!"></p>
</form>
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Question by:anctech
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by:Michel Plungjan
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<form name="hop" onsubmit="var val = this.choose.value; if (val) location=val; return false">
<p align="center">
<select name="choose">
<option value="" selected>Choose One</option>
<option value="http://mousetrax.com">Mousetrax</option>
<option value="http://yahoo.com">Yahoo</option>
<option value="http://microsoft.com">Microsoft</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com">Linda's Computer Stop</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc">ABC Newsletter</option>
</select>
<input type="submit" value="Take me there!"></p>
</form>

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Expert Comment

by:rashgang
ID: 37780682
have u checked the code inside the article after saving. Because sometimes in joomla it will clear the code.
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by:anctech
ID: 37781714
yes I checked the code in Joomla.  I use the EDIT CODE feature that way I don't have to deal with the GUI editor which does mess up code sometimes.   I am going to try the suggestion by: mplungjan an will post whether or not that worked.
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by:anctech
ID: 37782573
I just tried the code from mplungjan and it doesn't work either, BUT it does do more than the original code I had.     Please see the attached screenshot file.    Instead of just going to the URL address in the form, it is including the acrticle URL address in front which of course doesn't work.    

Does anyone know how to update the code so when clicking on the "Take Me There" Button, then the ONLY the URL from the drop down form will be used.

Also note that I need several of these drop down menus on the same page, so I am assuming all I would have to do is change the form name to accomplish this.  Is that correct?

Thank you.
screen-shot---form-drop-down-men.jpg
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by:anctech
ID: 37782583
Is there a way to update the code so it forces the URL in the form to open on a NEW Page such as someone incorporating  target="_blank" for each of the URLS in the drop down menu?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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<a href="#" target="_blank" onclick="var loc =document.forms[0].choose.value; if (val)  this.href=val; else return false">Take me there</a>
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by:anctech
ID: 37783850
Where exactly would that go in relation to your original code?     I tried adding that line at the bottom but it doesn't do anything.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Sorry, wrote val where  I meant loc
<form>
<p align="center">
<select name="choose">
<option value="" selected>Choose One</option>
<option value="http://mousetrax.com">Mousetrax</option>
<option value="http://yahoo.com">Yahoo</option>
<option value="http://microsoft.com">Microsoft</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com">Linda's Computer Stop</option>
<option value="http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc">ABC Newsletter</option>
</select>
</form>
<a href="#" target="_blank" 
onclick="var loc =document.forms[0].choose.value;  // assuming first form on page
if (loc)  this.href=loc; else return false">Take me there</a>

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by:anctech
ID: 37787483
sorry, just tested this new code and still doesn't work.
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 37787502
Can you show the view-source of your browser?
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by:anctech
ID: 37787584
Yes I can view the page source in my browser.   What would you like me to look for?
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 37787686
Paste the form and script please
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by:anctech
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by:anctech
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I do not see my link there - only a button
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by:anctech
ID: 37788028
I posted two snips of the page source.  Yours is the first one that is 76kb in size.  Is that the one you looked at.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Ah, sorry missed that on my phone

I see

onclick="function onclick() { function onclick() { .... }}"

that is of course completely wrong
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by:anctech
ID: 37788273
I'm about ready to just say screw it and just put standard HREF text links that I know work for sure.   I was just trying to save to realestate by using the drop down menus since I have quite  a few links thta I want on the page.

Any other suggestions?
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 37788314
I clicked "Request attention" for you
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Many thanks to mplungjan for trying to help figure out the code problem.

I am thinking plan B might be in order which is to just find a whole new different solution.  Does anyone have another solution that works in Joomla 1.5 that I could use to create several drop down lists that would have Links.     I want the website user to be able to use a drop down box to choose links to various user company manuals.   The basic code that works on a standard HTML page doesn't work in a Joomla article.  

Thank You.
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by:anctech
ID: 38073266
Gave up trying to find a solution.     Expert Comments from mplungjan were very much appreciated, however even after following the expert suggestions exactly the code still did not work correctly in Joomla 1.5.  

I resorted to just using standard Href tags which worked fine.
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