[thelist] Javascript Back Button Issue

Feingold Josh S Josh.S.Feingold at irs.gov
Wed May 1 13:53:01 CDT 2002

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I have a multipage form.  The values for each page are stored in a cookie.
When the user hits the back button, I want the cookie values to appear in
the form.

The problem that I am finding is that when the user hits the back button,
the values for the text input fields correctly display, but for the select
box are defaulted to the value before they went to the next page.  If I hit
refresh all values are correct. I don't understand why the two form objects
would act differently.

If you can help, I would be appreciative.

Here is some of the code:

	cookie = "<%= request.cookies("new_cr") %>"   //Cookie comes from
ASP format "value','value"
    new_cr = cookie.split("','")

    for (x=0;x<new_cr.length;x++) {
     new_cr[x] = new_cr[x].replace(/''/g,"'")

    //Insert easy fields (simple text input)
    fields = new
    easyfields = new Array(0,1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9)

    for (x=0;x<easyfields.length;x++) {
     document.submit_cr.elements[fields[easyfields[x]]].value =

    // Set up select boxes
    for (x=0;x<document.submit_cr.request_reason_for_change.length;x++) {
     if (document.submit_cr.request_reason_for_change.options[x].value ==
new_cr[11]) {
      document.submit_cr.request_reason_for_change.options[x].selected =

    for (x=0;x<document.submit_cr.bod_name.length;x++) {
     if (document.submit_cr.bod_name.options[x].value == new_cr[4]) {
      document.submit_cr.bod_name.options[x].selected = true

    // Set up multiple select box
    changetype = new_cr[10].split(", ")

    for (y=0;y<document.submit_cr.request_change_type.length;y++) {
     for (x=0;x<changetype.length;x++) {
      if (document.submit_cr.request_change_type.options[y].value ==
changetype[x] ) {
       document.submit_cr.request_change_type.options[y].selected = true


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