Multiple, Hierarchical SelectBoxes, version 2

Source Code

<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">
<!--

// we need two arrays
var levelOneAndTwo = new Array();
var levelTwoAndThree = new Array();

// data for the first level is formatted like this:
// each row in the levelOneAndTwo array has two pieces
// the first part is the first level, and all its children
// are in the second element, separated by pipes
levelOneAndTwo[0] = new Array("color","red|blue|orange|yellow")
levelOneAndTwo[1] = new Array("country","usa|argentina|uk|australia")
levelOneAndTwo[2] = new Array("places","house|hospital|treehouse")
levelOneAndTwo[3] = new Array("shortlist","one option")

levelTwoAndThree[0] = new Array("red","head|bull")
levelTwoAndThree[1] = new Array("blue","moon")
levelTwoAndThree[2] = new Array("orange","julius|men")
levelTwoAndThree[3] = new Array("yellow","amarillo|rose of texas|mellow")
levelTwoAndThree[4] = new Array("usa","north america|iraq war|pledge of allegiance")
levelTwoAndThree[5] = new Array("argentina","falklands|nazis")
levelTwoAndThree[6] = new Array("uk","empire")
levelTwoAndThree[7] = new Array("australia","aussies|prisoners|southern hemisphere")
levelTwoAndThree[8] = new Array("house","safe as|proud|home")
levelTwoAndThree[9] = new Array("hospital","antiseptic|quiet please")
levelTwoAndThree[10] = new Array("treehouse","kids|the larch")
levelTwoAndThree[10] = new Array("one option","last option")

// enter the name of your form here

var	formName = "artlungForm"
var	firstLevelSelectName = "foo"
var	secondLevelSelectName = "bar"
var	thirdLevelSelectName = "splorch"

function initializeSelects()
{
	selectValues = new Array();

	for(i=0;i<levelOneAndTwo.length;i++)
		selectValues[i] = levelOneAndTwo[i][0]		
	fillUpSelectBox(formName,firstLevelSelectName,selectValues)
}

function changeSecondSelect(formName,firstSelect,secondSelect) {
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
//make the first value in the second select selected
//	document [formName] [secondSelect].selectedIndex=0;
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
// delete all the options in the second select BUT the first one
	while(document[formName][secondSelect].options[1])
		document [formName] [secondSelect].options[1] = null;
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
// create the arrays which will hold the information
// to populate the second select
	var plopValues = new Array (0);
	var plopWords  = new Array (0);
	plopValues.length = 0;
	plopWords.length = 0;
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
// the syntax for the value selected in the first select is ugly, so we
// put it in a temp variable
	var firstSelectValue = document [formName] [firstSelect].options[document [formName][firstSelect].selectedIndex].value;
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
//~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

	if (secondSelect == secondLevelSelectName)
	{
		for(i=0;i<levelOneAndTwo.length;i++)
			if(firstSelectValue== levelOneAndTwo[i][0])
			{
				plopValues = levelOneAndTwo[i][1].split('|')
				plopWords = levelOneAndTwo[i][1].split('|')
			}
		// clear out the third select
		// because re-choosing the first select
		// makes any choice there invalid
		clearSelect(formName,thirdLevelSelectName);
	} else if (secondSelect == thirdLevelSelectName) {
		for(i=0;i<levelTwoAndThree.length;i++)
			if(firstSelectValue== levelTwoAndThree[i][0])
			{
				plopValues = levelTwoAndThree[i][1].split('|')
				plopWords = levelTwoAndThree[i][1].split('|')
			}
	}

	// if we didn't get a real value, then we show an error message
	// in the second select
	if (firstSelectValue == "")
	{
		var plopValues = new Array (' * Please','   make a','   choice.');
		var plopWords  = plopValues
	};

	// now the array that was set cascades into the second select
	fillUpSelectBox(formName,secondSelect,plopValues)
	
	autoSelector()
		
};

// takes an array as its parameter, as well as the name of a select
function fillUpSelectBox(formName,selectName,selectValues)
{
for (var i=0;i<selectValues.length;i++)
	{
		plopText = selectValues[i];
		plopValue = selectValues[i];
		document[formName][selectName].options[i+1]=new Option(plopText,plopValue);
	}

}

function autoSelector()
{
	// automatically choose a choice if there is only one
	if(document[formName][firstLevelSelectName].options.length==2)
	{
		document[formName][firstLevelSelectName].selectedIndex = 1;
//		changeSecondSelect(formName,firstLevelSelectName,secondLevelSelectName);

	}
	if(document[formName][secondLevelSelectName].options.length==2)
	{
		document[formName][secondLevelSelectName].selectedIndex = 1;
//		changeSecondSelect(formName,secondLevelSelectName,thirdLevelSelectName);
	}

	if(document[formName][thirdLevelSelectName].options.length==2)
		document[formName][thirdLevelSelectName].selectedIndex = 1;
}

function clearSelect(formName,whichOnes) {
	var plopValues = new Array ('','','');
	var plopWords  = new Array ('','','');
	for (var i=0;i<plopWords.length;i++)
		{
			var optionAtor=new Option(plopWords[i],plopValues[i])
			document[formName][whichOnes].options[i+1]=optionAtor;
		}
};

window.onload = initializeSelects
//-->
</script>
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