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Dynamic Population

How do I select a default value in a dynamicaly populated dropdown (<select>)? by TruthInSatire
Posted: 27 Jan 04 (Edited 7 Mar 05)

<!--- this query will get the data to populate the select box--->
<cfquery datasource="#datasource#" name="qSelectData">
    SELECT Item, Value
    FROM ItemTable
    ORDER BY Item
  </cfquery>


<!--- Create a variable to use as the value you want to select. this could be the value of a seperate query, session variable, form variable, or anything you wish to compair.  --->
<cfset defaultValue = "mySelectedItem">
 <select name="ItemMenu">
    <option value="">Choose Item</option>
    <cfoutput query="qSelectData">

      <!--- Inside the option tag check to see
      if the value of the loop is the value
       you want to display. --->

      <option value="#Value#"
        <cfif qSelectData.Value eq defaultValue>
          Selected
        </cfif>

      >#Item#</option>
    </cfoutput>
  </select>

 
If the values in the <cfif>...</cfif> match the produced output will look something like:
<option value = "mySelectedItem" selected>item</option>

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