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pre populating drop down

Thread began 8/19/2014 8:57 am by Jamie | Last modified 8/19/2014 3:58 pm by Jason Byrnes | 1258 views | 8 replies |

Jamie

pre populating drop down

Hey Jason

Just wondering if this is possible and, if so, how to go about doing it.

I have a contact form that has a drop down selector for different sectors of the business

On every page there is a CTA 'get a quote' which links to the contact page and the form above.

Is there any way to somehow allow that when you are on, for example, section A of the companies wewbsite, if the visitor clicks the CTA that the drop down on the form pre populates with the correct selection. If the visitor comes to the form from a non section page (eg the homepage) that nothing happens and the dropdown stays is is with 'please select'?

Many thanks

Jamie

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CraigRBeta Tester

could you add a different 'get' parameter to each of the links, and on the contact page, check to see if a 'get' value has been passed, and select accordingly ?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

CraigR's suggestion is the way to go.

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Jamie

Thanks to you both....how would I do that please?

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CraigRBeta Tester

Let's say your select list has options 1, 2 and 3

<select>
<option value="1">One</option>
<option value="2">Two</option>
<option value="3">Three</option>
</select>



On your link, you could use option as a parameter.

<a href="contact.php">

becomes

<a href="contact.php?option=1">

Then, on the select list on the conatct page, click the dynamic button in properties, and on 'select value equal to' at the bottom, type $_GET['option'] or whatever you called the parameter

(sorry, but I can;t test this at the moment as my computer is being difficult, apologies in advance for any typos/errors)

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Jamie

Many thanks Craig

I have tried that but there was already <?php (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"") ?> within the select value equal to. I have tried replacing it with $_GET['option'] entirely and also just replacing invalid with option... neither work

these are the options I am working with

<option id="" value="No selection made" selected>Please Select</option>
<option value="Commercial" <?php if (!(strcmp("Commercial", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Commercial</option>
<option value="Domestic" <?php if (!(strcmp("Domestic", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Domestic</option>
<option value="PestControl" <?php if (!(strcmp("PestControl", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Pest Control</option>
<option value="CleaningProducts" <?php if (!(strcmp("CleaningProducts", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Cleaning Products</option>



I have also removed the validation from each one and using :

<option id="" value="No selection made" selected <?php if (!(strcmp("No selection made", "$_GET[\'option\']"))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Please Select</option>
<option value="Commercial" <?php if (!(strcmp("Commercial", "$_GET[\'option\']"))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Commercial</option>
<option value="Domestic" <?php if (!(strcmp("Domestic", "$_GET[\'option\']"))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Domestic</option>
<option value="PestControl" <?php if (!(strcmp("PestControl", "$_GET[\'option\']"))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Pest Control</option>
<option value="CleaningProducts" <?php if (!(strcmp("CleaningProducts", "$_GET[\'option\']"))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>>Cleaning Products</option>



but that just generates the following error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '' (T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE), expecting identifier (T_STRING) or variable (T_VARIABLE) or number (T_NUM_STRING) in /home/gahel6wj/public_html/contact2.php on line 313

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

this code:
<?php if (!(strcmp("Commercial", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>

should add the option URL perameter as the false part:

<?php if (!(strcmp("Commercial", (isset($_GET["invalid"])?ValidatedField("contact","Section"):(isset($_GET['option'])?$_GET['option']:"")))) {echo "selected=\"selected\"";} ?>

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Jamie

Thats awesome

Thanks

Jamie

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you're welcome.

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