I tried to do a search but the search system didn't seem to respond - perhaps the search string was too long, but this was quite a particular problem.

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I have a drop down menu, say like this:

Code HTML4Strict:
<select name="dropdown">
<option value="5">ABC 1111</option>
<option value="7">BBC 25252</option>
<option value="1">SDFSDF sSDFSDFS</option>
</select>

Suppose, further down the page, I want to display which option was selected in that menu, so if the first option was selected, I want to display 'ABC 1111', the second 'BBC 25252' etc. and if that option changes, this text displayed also changes.

Furthermore, that dropdown menu is dynamically generated, server-side (PHP, MySQL). Thus, hardcoded JS isn't really what I'm looking for, but rather something that will directly take what is shown - if that's possible?

Finally, I want to ensure that when the page is initially loaded, some text still shows - when the page is loaded, the first option will already be selected (not because I put 'selected' in, but because there's no blank option).

Thank you in advance... hopefully there's a simple solution - I'm sure there must be, but alas I know nothing about JS!