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Display text instead of numerical value from database in update page

Thread began 10/23/2015 11:21 am by MagsW | Last modified 10/23/2015 6:10 pm by Ray Borduin | 630 views | 5 replies |

MagsW

Display text instead of numerical value from database in update page

I have a dropdown menu in my insert and update pages for users to choose their timezone which writes a numerical value to the dB as follows:

<option timeZoneId="1" gmtAdjustment="GMT-12:00" useDaylightTime="0" value="-12">(GMT-12:00) International Date Line West</option>
<option timeZoneId="2" gmtAdjustment="GMT-11:00" useDaylightTime="0" value="-11">(GMT-11:00) Midway Island, Samoa</option>
<option timeZoneId="3" gmtAdjustment="GMT-10:00" useDaylightTime="0" value="-10">(GMT-10:00) Hawaii</option>
<option timeZoneId="4" gmtAdjustment="GMT-09:00" useDaylightTime="1" value="-9">(GMT-09:00) Alaska</option>
<option timeZoneId="5" gmtAdjustment="GMT-08:00" useDaylightTime="1" value="-8">(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)</option>

... and so on.

On the update page, I want to display the currently selected timezone as the selected value in the dropdown, but of course it displays the value rather than the actual text (so "-8" rather than "(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)". The actual text isn't saved in the database anywhere. How can I get the dropdown to display the text rather than the value as the currently selected option?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Use the same dropdown options that you used on the insert. The update page should select the appropriate value in the list based on the value attribute, but the displayed text can be different just like the insert page.

If you attach a copy of the update page I could be more specific.

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MagsW

Hi Ray, I've attached the update page. I need to perform calculations based on the timezones elsewhere in the site, that's why I've saved the database values as integers rather than containing the actual text. The dropdown displays all the fields correctly but the selected one displays as the integer.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

The code looks correct and shouldn't display as an integer... do you have a url and login information you can post to the private area where I can reproduce the problem?

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MagsW

Hi Ray, see PM section.

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MagsW

Ah, I think I may have found the problem - I had a repeat region at the end of the select list (don't ask me why, it's a couple of weeks since I built this!) which I've removed and now the dropdown is showing the text value - but I now have another problem in that it's not necessarily showing the correct city/country info because some of the timezones share the same value. Simple fix I think is to group together those that have the same values (I used a standard timezone list from another site to build this).

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