JS Error - Can't figure out how to write this...

I'm posting a form to a jquery/.js page. I only want to send the value of searchstring if it isn't empty. Otherwise I want to send the other two fields.

var getSearchFormData = function(){
	var frm = $('form#sendemailform'),
		frmData = {
			 // if search string isn't empty search only on that field 
			 	if ($.trim($('#searchString').val()).length > 0){
			 	Name: $('#searchstring').val(),
				status: "active"
				}
				else
				{
			 	InstanceID: $("select[name=sendtoorg]", frm).val().join(","), 
				seclev: $("select[name=sendtorole]", frm).val().join(","),
				status: "active"
				}
	return frmData;
};

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I'm getting an error on the first if line.
traportAsked:
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Big MontyConnect With a Mentor Senior Web Developer / CEO of ExchangeTree.org Commented:
i'm not sure how you can do conditionals directly in your json data, but you should be able to do:

var getSearchFormData = function(){
	var frm;
        if ($.trim($('#searchString').val()).length > 0){
            frm = $('form#sendemailform'),
		frmData = {
			 	   Name: $('#searchstring').val(),
			 	   status: "active"
                }
         }
         else {
                frm = $('form#sendemailform'),
			 	InstanceID: $("select[name=sendtoorg]", frm).val().join(","), 
				seclev: $("select[name=sendtorole]", frm).val().join(","),
				status: "active"
		}
         }
	return frmData;
};

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Pierre CorneliusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You are declaring a JSON variable but putting code inside it. It expects "Name"/value pairs.

Big Monty's suggestion should work, but needs some corrections:
var getSearchFormData = function()
{
	var ss = $('#searchstring').val();
        if ($.trim(ss).length > 0){
		var frmData = {
		 	   "Name": ss,
		 	   "status": "active"
                }
         }
         else {
		var frm = $('form#sendemailform');
		var frmData = {
		 	"InstanceID": $("select[name=sendtoorg]", frm).val().join(","), 
			"seclev": $("select[name=sendtorole]", frm).val().join(","),
			"status": "active"
			}
         }
	return frmData;
}

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Pierre CorneliusCommented:
Another way to write this is:

var getSearchFormData = function()
{
	var ss = $('#searchstring').val();
	var frm = $('form#sendemailform');
	return ($.trim(ss).length > 0) ? {"Name": ss, "status": "active"} :{
		 	"InstanceID": $("select[name=sendtoorg]", frm).val().join(","), 
			"seclev": $("select[name=sendtorole]", frm).val().join(","),
			"status": "active"
			};
}

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traportAuthor Commented:
Really appreciate it.
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Pierre CorneliusCommented:
Glad to help :)
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