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Am I being stupid!!??

Thread began 6/27/2013 8:56 am by Banksie | Last modified 6/27/2013 11:37 am by Jason Byrnes | 438 views | 3 replies |


Am I being stupid!!??

I haven't used the Dynamic Dropdowns extension for a while but it fits a project I'm currently involved in perfectly. I've reviewed the help files to build & populate my parent, child and target lists but am struggling to figure out how, on submitting the form, to get each individual selection from the target list (there may be up to 20) to list in the next part of the process (which, effectively creates a "pick list" of the required products for dispatch).

Is it starightforward and something that I've stupidly missed? Or is it case of getting hands-on with the JavaScript to strip out what's required from the array before submitting the form and the resulting multiple selections?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

when working with a multiple select list, you need to edit the name of the list to include square brackets, "[]", at the end.

a multiple select list sends the selections as an array in the post.

so you will also need to have code on the action page to work with the array, for example, the following code would convert the array of selections to a comma separated list:


if($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST")     {
$_POST as $key => $val) {
is_array($_POST[$key])) $_POST[$key] = implode(", "$_POST[$key]);
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Thanks, as always, for the swift reply Jason. However, sorry, no joy!

I think the fault lies in the drop-down page (take a look at in, in beta form, in action at

Whilst I've amended the select field name by appending the square brackets as you recommended (name="targetList[]" id="targetList[]") it doesn't seem to be creating an array. I've modified the request method to GET so that you can see what's being sent.

In addition, I'm only really interested in sending an array of the labels the get selected into targetList[] and not the parentList and childList ids as seems to be happening at the moment.

Any thoughts?



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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you have to hit the select al button before submitting.

just because the items are added to the list does not mean they are selected in the target list, you need to select them before submitting.

you could also add the set selected in list behavior to the submit button to select all the items in the target list when the form submits automatically.

The labels cannot be passed on submitting the form, on the action page, you would need to create a recordset to return the items that where selected

my previous example converts the posted array to a comma seperated list. this will be a coma seperated list of the selected ID value.

you could create a recordset as:

SELECT * FROM tableName WHERE idColumn IN (".$_POST['targetList'].")

this will return the records for the selections so you can lookup the labels, of course the method will need to be changed back to POST.

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