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jQuery XML Combo Box

By Sam Deering

JavaScript

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This is an easy way to use jquery and xml to populate a combo box (drop down) which could be used for populating dynamic options to the combo box based upon an xml configuration data file (which contains the options). This method could be useful for forms that have constantly changing options.

Here is how you do it.

HTML Code


jQuery Code

$(document).ready(function(){
			$.ajax({
				type: "GET",
				url: "dropdown.xml",
				dataType: "xml",
				success: function(xml) {
					var select = $('#mySelect');
					$(xml).find('menuitem').each(function(){
						var title = $(this).find('title').text();
						select.append(""+title+"");
						$(this).find('value').each(function(){
							var value = $(this).text();
							select.append(""+value+"");
						});
					});
					select.children(":first").text("please make a selection").attr("selected",true);
				}
			});
		});

XML Code

< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>

	
    	first set
 		
 			option a
 			option b
 		
 	
   	
    	second set
 		
 			option 1
 			option 2
 		
 	
 	
    	third set
 		
 			option 1a
 			option 2b
 		
 	
 

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Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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