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Posted on 2013-06-28
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I have a SharePoint jquery form that I use in a CEWP and one of the elements on the form is a Multi Selecion element, which is a drop down list that allows for multiple selections.  Ex:

<select name="cars" multiple>
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="opel">Opel</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>

The element needs to be pre-selected with data from a SharePoint list.  I have a column called cars and the data is comma dilimited (Saab,Audi).

So, using spservices and jquery, how do I pre-select the element with "Saab" and "Audi"?

Thanks for any help or insight you can provide.
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Question by:Isaac
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by:Julian Hansen
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$(function() {
	$('select[name="cars"] option[value="saab"], select[name="cars"] option[value="audi"]').attr('selected', 'selected');
});

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by:Isaac
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That didn't work...Here it is in jsfiddle:

http://jsfiddle.net/rXGmc/
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Julian Hansen earned 500 total points
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Yes - it does work!

Your JSFiddle does not work because you did not do it right.

This is what you should have done.
<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Test</title>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {
	$('select[name="cars"] option[value="saab"], select[name="cars"] option[value="audi"]').attr('selected', 'selected');
});
</script>
<style type="text/css">
</style>
</head>
<body>
<select name="cars" multiple="multiple">
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="opel">Opel</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>
</body>
</html>

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A link to a working version of the above code

Note you have to use the "cars" name for the select - not Audi or any other value.
You have to prefix all option selectors with the Select parent so as not to target all options on the page.
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