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How do I create multiple exclusive checkbox groups? by 1Oracle
Posted: 27 Feb 08

Add a "grouping" attribute to the checkboxes you want to behave as a group.  Although the attribute won't be a valid attribute of the element "input", the browser should allow it.

Here is a function and html that works.  Note the "groupKey" attribute that brings checkboxes together:

    <title>Mutual Exclusive Checkboxes</title>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function swapCheck(checkBox)
            if (checkBox)
                var oInputs = document.getElementsByTagName('input');
                var ckb;
                var group = checkBox.groupKey;
                for (var i = 0; i < oInputs.length; i++)
                    if (oInputs[i].type == 'checkbox')
                        ckb = oInputs[i];
                        if (ckb.groupKey && ckb.groupKey == group)
                            if (ckb.id != checkBox.id)
                                ckb.checked = false;
    <form id="Form1" method="post" action="">
            Colors<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox1" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Colors" title="Red" value="red" />Red<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox2" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Colors" title="Yellow" value="yellow" />Yellow<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox3" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Colors" title="Blue" value="blue" />Blue<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox4" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Colors" title="Violet" value="violet" />Violet<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox5" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Colors" title="Orange" value="orange" />Orange<br />
            Fruits<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox6" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Fruits" title="Apple" value="apple" />Apple<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox7" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Fruits" title="Banana" value="banana" />Banana<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox8" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Fruits" title="Blueberry" value="blueberry" />Blueberry<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox9" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Fruits" title="Grape" value="grape" />Grape<br />
            <input type="checkbox" id="Checkbox10" onclick="swapCheck(this);" groupKey="Fruits" title="Orange" value="orange" />Orange<br />

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