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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Smile <<help selecting search xml source with dropdown>>

    Hello guys! here is a search code that was working fine until now.. =( what im trying to do is to select the xml source to be searched using a dropdown.. but now i dont know what's wrong.. just take a look, and let me know if you get it right.. thxx! =)

    note: the problem must be on loading the xml and/or dropdown select,, not on the search code...

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
    <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" http-equiv="content-type">
    <title>Search XML</title>

    <script type="text/javascript">
    window.onload = loadIndex;
    function loadIndex() { // load indexfile
    // most current browsers support document.implementation
    if (document.implementation && document.implementation.createDocument) {
    var docdoc = document.getElementById('urlfile').value;
    xmlDoc = document.implementation.createDocument("", "", null);
    // MSIE uses ActiveX
    else if (window.ActiveXObject) {
    var docdoc = document.getElementById('urlfile').value;
    var xmlDoc = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM");

    function searchIndex() { // search the index (duh!)
    if (!xmlDoc) {
    // get the search term from a form field with id 'searchme'
    var searchterm = document.getElementById("searchme").value;

    var allitems = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("item");
    results = new Array;

    if (searchterm.length < 2) {
    alert("Please enter at least 2 digits");

    else {
    for (var i=0;i<allitems.length;i++) {

    // see if the XML entry matches the search term,
    // and (if so) store it in an array

    var name = allitems[i].lastChild.nodeValue;
    var exp = new RegExp(searchterm,"i");
    if ( name.match(exp)!= null) {


    // send the results to another function that displays them to the user
    showResults(results, searchterm);

    // Write search results to a table
    function showResults(results, searchterm) {

    if (results.length > 0) {
    // if there are any results, write them to a table

    document.write('<div><a href="searchxml.htm">New Search</a></div>You searched for <b><i>'+searchterm+'</i></b><br><br>');
    document.write('<table border-top="3px" style="width: 100%; background-color: #cccccc; font-color:#ffffff; border-color:black;">');
    for(var i=0; i<results.length; i++) {

    document.write('<tr >');
    document.write('<td>' + results[i].getAttribute("name") + '<br />');
    document.write('<img src="' + results[i].getAttribute("image") + '"></td>');
    document.write('<td >' + results[i].getAttribute("age") + '</td>');
    document.write('<td>' + results[i].getAttribute("height") + '</td>');
    document.write('<td>' + results[i].getAttribute("weight") + '</td>');



    } else {
    // else tell the user no matches were found
    var notfound = alert('No results found for '+searchterm+'!');


    <body >

    <select id="urlfile" onchange="loadIndex()">
    <option value="index.xml"> XML 1</option>
    <option value="index2.xml"> XML 2</option>

    <form action=""><b>Search:&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>
    Name<input id="searchme" type="text" size="20">&nbsp;&nbsp;
    <input value="Submit" onclick="searchIndex(); return false;" type="submit">



    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <item name="John" image="profile.png" age="22" height="5 ft 5 inches" weight="150">John</item>
    <item name="Paul" image="profile2.png" age="25" height="5 ft 9 inches" weight="168">Paul</item>
    <item name="George" image="profile3.png" age="27" height="6 ft 1 inches" weight="175">george</item>
    <item name="Ringo" image="profile4.png" age="23" height="6 ft 3 inches" weight="180">ringo</item>



    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <item name="James" image="profile.png" age="22" height="5 ft 5 inches" weight="150">James</item>
    <item name="Patrick" image="profile2.png" age="25" height="5 ft 9 inches" weight="168">Patrick</item>
    <item name="Carl" image="profile3.png" age="27" height="6 ft 1 inches" weight="175">Carl</item>
    <item name="Ronny" image="profile4.png" age="23" height="6 ft 3 inches" weight="180">Ronny</item>


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Looks to me like you are asking for the value of a dropdown but you need to specify that you want the value of the selectedIndex of the dropdown.

    You have:
    var docdoc = document.getElementById('urlfile').value;

    You need:

    This is all on one liine. It will put the value of the selected option in docdoc.

    That should do it as long as everything else is OK.

    Good Luck,



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