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JavaScript - Dynamic updates with comboboxes

February 10, 2000


Here is an example of changing a second combobox in response to a first combobox's selection change. The first set of fields only changes contents when the value of the field is committed. The second set does this more dynamically.

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/* This version updates a secondary combobox based on the entry 
** selected by the user dynamically. The keystroke event should 
** be processed until the value is about to be committed (as 
** indicated by event.willCommit). */

if (!event.willCommit) {
    var f = this.getField("Four");

    /* In a keystroke event, event.change contains the non-export 
value of 
    ** the item selected by the user. */
    switch (event.change) {
        case "Cities":
          ;       f.setItems(["Paris", "Berlin", "Amsterdam", 
        case "Fruit":
          ;       f.setItems(["Bananas", "Mangos", "Strawberries", 
        case "Garden Tools":
          ;       f.setItems(["Hoe", "Rake", "Leaf blower", 
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