Hi all,
Was looking for a little help with a select option script for a drop down menu.

Basically what i'm doing is... pulling a character's id (char_id) and it's corresponding name (char_name) to populate a drop down list.
When selected, it pulls in information from that record and populates some table information about that character. Now.. it's working fine but I'd like to refine the function of the page a smidge to make things cleaner for the user.

PHP Code:
echo "<form method=post action=".$_SERVER['PHP_SELF'].">";
echo 
"<select name=character value=''>character</option>";
while(
$nt=mysql_fetch_array($result)){  //Array or records stored in $nt
echo "<option value=$nt[char_id]>$nt[char_name]</option>";
// I think an if statement needs to go here.
}
echo 
"</select>";
echo 
"<input type=submit value=submit>";
echo 
"</form>"
So this works find and the data is pulled properly. What I'd like to accomplish is this. When the page reloads with the selected character, the select box just contains the default (initial selection) instead of the current character.

also, it works just fine with a submit button, but don't know if there's a way to select from the list just by clicking on the dropdown list instead of using a submit button.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Brian