Dropdown disable not working in JQuery or Javascript

Posted on 2013-12-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have a JavaScript function that used to work until upgrading to IE 11.  It also doesn't work in either Chrome or FireFox.  

The dropdown is disabled by default, but enabled when a checkbox is changed.

As you can see from the code, I've tried removeAttribute, disabled = false, and finally JQuery.  None seems to be enabling the dropdown.  The alerts show the correct attributes, but in the source it still shows disabled='disabled'.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here's the javascript/JQuery:

        function enableDropDownList(cb) {
            var chkbx = document.getElementById(cb);
            var number = cb.match(justTheDigits);
            var ddlname = "gvCylinderInfo_ctl" + number + "_ddlQtyReassign";
            var ddl = document.getElementById(ddlname);
            //ddl.setAttribute('disabled', 'disabled');
                    alert(ddl.disabled);  //This shows up as 'true'
            if (chkbx.checked) {
                $(ddl).each(function () {
                    this.disabled = false;
                    alert(ddl.disabled);  //This shows up as 'false' - just what I want.
                //ddl.disabled = false;
                document.getElementById('selectCylsPrompt').style.display = 'none';
                document.getElementById('chooseC').style.display = 'block';

            else {
                ddl.disabled = true;
                document.getElementById('selectCylsPrompt').style.display = 'block';
                document.getElementById('chooseC').style.display = 'none';


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When I view source it shows:

<select name="ddlSystem" onchange="javascript:setTimeout(&#39;__doPostBack(\&#39;ddlSystem\&#39;,\&#39;\&#39;)&#39;, 0)" disabled="disabled" id="ddlSystem" class="arial8ptBlack">

Still disabled.

Any ideas?  Thanks.
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Test page :

I see : var ddlname = "gvCylinderInfo_ctl" + number + "_ddlQtyReassign";
By you dropdown ID is just : ddlSystem


Expert Comment

ID: 39700642
In JS you must set a true/false boolean value, such as: document.getElementById("myDropdown").disabled=true/false.
Try then to replace disabled="disabled" with disabled="true".
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@Sar1973 :
Without jQuery the RIGHT way is to use setAttribute() and removeAttribute()
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ID: 39700684

That will NOT work everytime
Be very careful with W3School resources

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39701162
This was only part of it.  There were a few elements disabled.  I just needed to find all of them and do a removeAttribute.


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