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Search "short cut" buttons for common searches on the results page?

Thread began 4/18/2019 11:49 am by Justin@AdventDesign | Last modified 4/18/2019 12:43 pm by Ray Borduin | 36 views | 4 replies |

Justin@AdventDesign

Search "short cut" buttons for common searches on the results page?

Using the latest data assist for MySQLi. I have a search and results page for a rather complex database table. I'd like to have a few "short cut" buttons right on the results page for the more frequently searched for things like common categories. If the search feature used URL variables, I could just easily include those in the button link. But since the search feature doesn't do that, how do I code a button to trigger the proper query?

I'd want to code it so that it would do something like the following:

WHERE table.field = 1

I've attached both relevant pages. The field I'm primarily interested in is the 'category' field.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

It will automatically work with url parameters, so you can use them for the quick search. Just use the same parameter names as you have in your form element names.

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Justin@AdventDesign

That sounds awesome but it doesn't appear to work. Let me make sure I understand correctly. In the two pages attached I have a field called "category" and the form elements are named the same. So if I understand, I should be able to have "tbl_homes_results.php?category=7" in the URL string and it should return results as if I had selected that on the search page, correct? It appears to not affect search results at all.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

You still need to satisfy the search trigger, so the url would be: tbl_homes_results.php?Search=1&category=7

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Justin@AdventDesign

Perfect, that did it! Thanks Ray.

And may I say, kudos on the new dataassist code. It's so much easier to manually add and change columns.

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