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  1. #1
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    Nov 2012
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    disable a dropdown

    Greetings,

    I have an application which uses a dropdown for one of the fields. After making a choice in this dropdown and setting another field, I query a database and return information to the page. When the page has been reset with the info, I need the dropdown, with its selection set, to be disabled, as the user should not beable to change this at this point, as it is a part of the key. I have tried to use document.getElementById('dropdown').disabled = true but no success. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
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    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
    <title>ttl</title>
    <style type="text/css"></style>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    function sw(){
    var elem=document.getElementById('sel'),btn=document.getElementById('switcher');
    if(!elem.disabled){elem.disabled='disabled';btn.value="Switch it on";}
    else{elem.disabled=false;btn.value="Switch it off";}
    }
    window.onload=function(){document.getElementById('switcher').onclick=function(){sw();}}
    </script>
    </head>
    <body>
    <center>
    <select id="sel">
    <option>1</option>
    <option>2</option>
    <option>3</option>
    <option>4</option>
    <option>5</option>
    </select>
    <br /><br />
    <input id="switcher" type="button" value="Switch it off" /><br />
    </center>
    </body>
    </html>
    Last edited by Padonak; 01-16-2013 at 05:37 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
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    Thank you for the reply Padonak, however, setting the disabled property to disabled did not work either. I am still able to change the selection which is what I need to prevent. I had thought this part would be rather simple, but it has proven to be quite a challenge.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    4
    Ok. i figured out why this wasn't working for me. I was missing and = in i < 2, therefore I was not making it to the correct selection and skipping the area where I set it to disabled. Correction made and now it works like a charm.

    Thanks for the help.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    4
    should be "missing an ="

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