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JavaScript to sort Listbox

APD Toronto
APD Toronto asked
Last Modified: 2015-03-06
Hi Experts,

I'm trying to write a JavaScript function that sort items in a listbox by text. The function start at line 82 and ends at 116.

However, this does not work, and when I add a breakpoint at line 98 and 100, I see that arrTextsSorted does indeed sort, but if I break at 103 and 106, I see that the listbox items are not being chnaged. As well, I have not tested the idea association yet between 106 and 111, so if you spot an error, please let me know.

<!DOCTYPE html>

        <title>TODO supply a title</title>
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
                float: left;
                margin-left: 50px;

                margin-left: 20px;
                width: 8em;
                margin-right: 20px;
                vertical-align: middle;
                clear: both;
                vertical-align: middle;   

    <form id="frm" name="frm">
        <select name="left" id="left" size="7">
            <option value="5">Location C</option>
            <option value="8">Location E</option>
        <input type="button" class="assoc_buttons" name="btn_add" value="< Add" onclick="moveItem('right', 'left');"><br>
        <input type="button" class="assoc_buttons" name="btn_add_all" value="<< Add All" onclick="add_all();"><br>
        <input type="button" class="assoc_buttons" name="btn_del" value="Delete >" onclick="del();"><br>
        <input type="button" class="assoc_buttons" name="btn_del_all" value="Delete All >>" onclick="del_all();">

        <select name="right" id="right" size="7">
            <option value="4">Location A</option>
            <option value="6">Location B</option>
            <option value="2">Location D</option>
            <option value="10">Location F</option>
            <option value="1">Location G</option>
            <option value="9">Location H</option>
            <option value="7">Location I</option>
            <option value="3">Location J</option>
<script type="text/javascript">

    function moveItem(lstFrom, lstTo){
        var from = document.getElementById(lstFrom);
        var to = document.getElementById(lstTo);
        if (from.selectedIndex == -1){
            alert ("No Locations were selected to be added.");
            return false;
        var i = from.selectedIndex;
        var newVal = from.options[i].value;
        var newText = from.options[i].text;
        //Remove from item
        //Add to item
        to.options[to.options.length] = new Option(newText, newVal);
        //sort from
    function reSort(listName){
        var lstBox = document.getElementById(listName);
        var arrTexts = new Array();
        var arrValues = new Array();
        //Copy options to arrays
        for (i = 0; i < lstBox.length; i++){
            arrTexts[i] = lstBox.options[i].text;
            arrValues[i] = lstBox.options[i].value;
        //Sort texts and copy to new array
        var arrTextsSorted = new Array();
        arrTextsSorted = arrTexts;
        arrTextsSorted = arrTextsSorted.sort();
        for (i = 0; i < lstBox.length; i++){
            //list texts in alpha-order
            lstBox.options[i].Text = arrTextsSorted[i];
            //Locate text's assoc ID
            for (j = 0; j < arrTexts.length; j++){
                if (arrTextsSorted[i].match(arrTexts[j])){
                    lstBox.options[i].value = arrValues[j];


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