Whups. I hit the send button too early on that one. Guess my coffee's too strong. Anyway, to amend my earlier post: technically, you don't have to access the option child's value like I stated. It depends on whether or not you want to rely on the DOM level-whatever HTML compatibility functions. The way that I suggested is more along the lines of strict DOM coding - but you can also access it using the value property of the select element (compatibility style). The main issue is assigning the node to the variable at the proper time. S. G.