jQuery XML Combo Box

Sam Deering
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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


first setoption aoption bsecond setoption 1option 2third setoption 1aoption 2b

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