I was trying to get fancy-shmancy with some validation.
Basically, there is a select that contains an initial option (value 0, display "All Reports") and that is followed by a db query of (value employee ids, display employee name) so a supervisor can view an individual's record. I just wanted to keep the submit button disabled until a different option is selected. That's why I wanted to compare current selectedIndex against original selectedIndex (when form first loads.)
Sadly, that function was causing some conflict with something else, so just a few minutes ago it was scrapped. I was just on my way here to cancel the request.