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dynamic listboxes !

Creating new select list options dynamically by simonchristieis
Posted: 23 Jan 04 (Edited 6 Feb 04)

I have seen several posts recently on the subject of creating drop down lists dynamically.

So I thought I'd write a small FAQ.

Here's how to delete the options of an existing select element.

When I create select boxes I always display a message in the first option ("** Select **"), so when I'm deleting options I leave this one alone, if you want to delete all options then change this line:

while(objSelect.options.length > 1)
while(objSelect.options.length > 0)

f = form name
e = select name

function clearSelect(f,e){
var objSelect=document.forms[f].elements[e];
while(objSelect.options.length > 1){objSelect.remove(1);}
return objSelect;

This is how we can create a new element.

function createOption(f,e,newValue,newText){

var objSelect=document.forms[f].elements[e];
var objOption = document.createElement("option");
objOption.text = newText
objOption.value = newValue

if(document.all && !window.opera)
  {objSelect.add(objOption, null);};


So there are your basic functions to create a dynamic select object.

Moving on from this if you want to create dynamic optgroups, use

Thanks to mwolf00 for the following:

function create(){

optGroup = document.createElement('optgroup')

var objSelect=document.forms(0).elements(0);
var objOption=document.createElement("option")

objOption.innerHTML = "tset"
objOption.value = "simon"

optGroup.label = "simple"


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