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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
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    Drop down textarea

    below is a code im working on I want the drop downs to change as one is selected and also update the text area
    also how would I add more drop downs to the string? thank you
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <title> - NOTE GENERATOR 2.2</title>

    <script type='text/javascript' src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.1.js'></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/normalize.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/result-light.css">

    <style type='text/css'>


    </style>


    <script type="text/javascript">
    function configureDropDownLists(ddl1,ddl2) {
    var colours = new Array('Black', 'White', 'Blue');
    var shapes = new Array('Square', 'Circle', 'Triangle');
    var names = new Array('John', 'David', 'Sarah');

    switch (ddl1.value) {
    case 'Colours':
    document.getElementById(ddl2).options.length = 0;
    for (i = 0; i < colours.length; i++) {
    createOption(document.getElementById(ddl2), colours[i], colours[i]);
    }
    break;
    case 'Shapes':
    document.getElementById(ddl2).options.length = 0;
    for (i = 0; i < colours.length; i++) {
    createOption(document.getElementById(ddl2), shapes[i], shapes[i]);
    }
    break;
    case 'Names':
    document.getElementById(ddl2).options.length = 0;
    for (i = 0; i < colours.length; i++) {
    createOption(document.getElementById(ddl2), names[i], names[i]);
    }
    break;
    default:
    document.getElementById(ddl2).options.length = 0;
    break;
    }

    }

    function createOption(ddl, text, value) {
    var opt = document.createElement('option');
    opt.value = value;
    opt.text = text;
    ddl.options.add(opt);
    }
    function updateTextArea() {
    var text = "";
    $('input[type=DropDown]:selected').each( function() {
    text += $(this).val() + " ";
    });
    $('input[type=DropDown]:selected').each( function() {
    text += $(this).val() + " ";
    });
    $('#update').val( text );
    }

    $('input[type=DropDown]').change(function () {
    updateTextArea();
    });
    </script>
    <select id="ddl" onchange="configureDropDownLists(this,'ddl2')">
    <option value=""></option>
    <option value="Colours">Colours</option>
    <option value="Shapes">Shapes</option>
    <option value="Names">Names</option>
    </select>

    <select id="ddl2">
    </select>
    <body>
    <textarea id="dd12" name="update" cols="25" rows="12">

    </body>
    </html>

  2. #2
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    just a draft

    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <title> - NOTE GENERATOR 2.2</title>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.1.js'></script>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/normalize.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/result-light.css">
    <style type='text/css'>
    body{text-align:center;}
    select{margin-left:5px;margin-right:5px;border:none;}
    textarea{overflow:auto;}
    </style>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var dds=[
    ['root','Colors','Shapes','Animals'],
    //------> ['option text','option value']
    ['colors',['Crimson',''],['Black',''],['Green','']],
    ['shapes',['circle',''],['rectangle',''],['triangle',''],['ellips',''],['square','']],
    ['animals',['cat',''],['mouse',''],['dog',''],['snake',''],['frog','']]
    ];
    
    function buildSel(){
    var arr=(typeof(buildSel.arguments[0])=='undefined')? dds[0] : eval('dds['+buildSel.arguments[0]+']');
    /* if no any arguments passed to the function it builds the root(main) select - let's take the first sub-array as root
    if argument is passed the function builds the appropriate select
    */
    if(arr!=dds[0]){$('#'+dds[0][0]).next().remove();}
    if(!$('#'+arr[0]).html()){
    var str='',header=(arr==dds[0])?' -- select -- ':arr[0].toUpperCase();
    if(arr==dds[0]){for(var i=1;i<arr.length;i++){str+='<option value="'+i+'">'+arr[i]+'</option>'}}
    else{for(var i=1;i<arr.length;i++){str+='<option value="'+arr[i][1]+'">'+arr[i][0]+'</option>'}}
    $('#selects').append('<select id="'+arr[0]+'" name="'+arr[0]+'"><option value="">'+header+'</option>'+str+'</select>');
    $('#tarea').val('This select has just been created from '+arr[0]+' subarray');
    $('#'+arr[0]).change(function(){if($(this).val()==''){try{$(this).next().remove();$('#tarea').val('');}catch(e){}}else{var arg=$(this).val().toLowerCase();buildSel(arg);}$(this).blur();});
    }
    else{$('#tarea').val('');}
    }
    
    $(document).ready(function(){
    buildSel();
    });
    </script>
    </head>
    <body>
    <br /><br /><br /><textarea id="tarea" name="update" cols="25" rows="12"></textarea><br /><br /><br />
    <div id="selects"></div>
    </body>
    </html>
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