[thelist] ASP & HTML: Pass double data from a Select

Casey Crookston casey at thecrookstons.com
Tue Jul 15 13:06:00 CDT 2003

Hello List,

In an ASP app, I've got an HTML select object within a form:

<select name='fruit'>

     <option value='1'>apples</option>

     <option value='2'>peaches</option>


I need to pass BOTH the value (1 or 2) and the user-visible options (apples
or peaches).  Before committing to the database, which will contain the
value (1 or 2) the user will have a preview page, which will need to show
the fruit they selected.  1 and 2 mean nothing to the user.

What's the best way to pass along both values?  A hidden tag?  Then what do
you set the value to?  Can you populate the value of a hidden tag with
JavaScript based on what is selected in the <select>?  I could, of course,
only pass the fruit_id (1 or 2) and then do a round trip to the db to grab
the title again, but that seems awful laborius.  I could also make the
values be "1_apple" and "2_peach" and then seperate them on the next page,
but again, this seems like a lot of effort for a small task.

Is there a better way?

Hope this makes sense,


P.S.  Of course I'm not actually dealing with fruit, just in case you
wondered, but it seemed much more fun them commercial construction

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