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Okay, so, here's my dilemma. I'm wanting to have it so someone can edit an item in the database, but it is a dropdown menu for the options to choose from.

 

How do I make it so that the option that the item currently is is what the default showing is?

 

For instance, if the item is for a "warrior", it will show warrior already in the dropdown menu. However, I could go to the dropdown menu and select a different option if I wanted. The {{class}} doesn't seem to give that default. Right now, it just defaults to "All" regardless of what the item truly goes to, such as "warrior".

 

Thanks in advance!!

 

Here's what I have for the coding:

 

<tr><td width="20%">Class:</td><td><select name="class" value="{{class}}">
<option value="1" {{class1select}}>All</option>
<option value="2" {{class2select}}>Alchemist</option>
<option value="3" {{class3select}}>Assassin</option> 
<option value="4" {{class4select}}>Dark Arts</option>
<option value="5" {{class5select}}>Dark Paladin</option>
<option value="6" {{class6select}}>Entertainer</option>
<option value="7" {{class7select}}>Hunter</option>
<option value="8" {{class8select}}>Mage</option>
<option value="9" {{class9select}}>Monk</option>
<option value="10" {{class10select}}>Paladin</option>
<option value="11" {{class11select}}>Pirate</option>
<option value="12" {{class12select}}>Priest</option>
<option value="13" {{class13select}}>Psion</option>
<option value="14" {{class14select}}>Scholar</option>
<option value="15" {{class15select}}>Thief</option>
<option value="16" {{class16select}}>Warlock</option>
<option value="17" {{class17select}}>Warrior</option>
</select></td></tr>

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I can't really give it a default, as this is the general code for all items. So, if I give something a general default of a different option, it will mess up all the other items.

 

Is there something I can use other than SELECT that might work?

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Here's to options, one hard coded, the other generated.

<?php
//example result
$row['class']="5";
echo '<tr><td width="20%">Class:</td><td><select name="class">';
echo "<option value=\"1\"" . ($row['class']=="1" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">All</option>";
echo "<option value=\"2\"" . ($row['class']=="2" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Alchemist</option>";
echo "<option value=\"3\"" . ($row['class']=="3" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Assassin</option>";
echo "<option value=\"4\"" . ($row['class']=="4" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Dark Arts</option>";
echo "<option value=\"5\"" . ($row['class']=="5" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Dark Paladin</option>";
echo "<option value=\"6\"" . ($row['class']=="6" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Entertainer</option>";
echo "<option value=\"7\"" . ($row['class']=="7" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Hunter</option>";
echo "<option value=\"8\"" . ($row['class']=="8" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Mage</option>";
echo "<option value=\"9\"" . ($row['class']=="9" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Monk</option>";
echo "<option value=\"10\"" . ($row['class']=="10" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Paladin</option>";
echo "<option value=\"11\"" . ($row['class']=="11" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Pirate</option>";
echo "<option value=\"12\"" . ($row['class']=="12" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Priest</option>";
echo "<option value=\"13\"" . ($row['class']=="13" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Psion</option>";
echo "<option value=\"14\"" . ($row['class']=="14" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Scholar</option>";
echo "<option value=\"15\"" . ($row['class']=="15" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Thief</option>";
echo "<option value=\"16\"" . ($row['class']=="16" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Warlock</option>"; 
echo "<option value=\"17\"" . ($row['class']=="17" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">Warrior</option>";
echo "</select></td></tr>";	
?>

 

Better option

<?php 
//example result
$row['class']="2";
$classes=array("Select","All","Alchemist","Assassin","Dark Arts","Dark Paladin","Entertainer","Hunter","Mage","Monk","Paladin","Pirate","Priest","Psion","Scholar","Thief","Warlock","Warrior");

echo "<tr><td width=\"20%\">Class:</td><td><select name=\"class\">";
foreach ($classes as $k => $v){
echo  "<option value=\"$k\"" . ($row['class']=="$k" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">$v</option>";
}
echo "</select></td></tr>";
?>

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Assuming you know what you want to default before any HTML is output to the header, you can use PHP to set a variable like $classDefault = "warrior" and then use inline if statements to print out the selected attribute in the option tag.

 

<option value="warrior" <?=($classDefault == "warrior" ? "selected=\"true\"" : "");?>>Warrior</option>
<option value="paladin" <?=($classDefault == "paladin" ? "selected=\"true\"" : "");?>>Paladin</option>
<option value="priest" <?=($classDefault == "priest" ? "selected=\"true\"" : "");?>>Priest</option>

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Here's my method for such, using objects and ternary for brevity:

<select name="class">
<?php foreach($available_classes as $class):?>
	<option 	
		// Compare the user's class id with the available class id's, if there's a match, establish it selected
		(($user->class->class_id == $class->class_id) ? 'selected=selected' : '' )

		// create the option's value
		value= "<?php echo $class->class_id;?>"
		> 

	// create the option's text
	<?php echo $class->class_title; ?>
	</option>
<?php endforeach; ?>
</select>

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I tried this option:

 

<?php 
//example result
$row['class']="2";
$classes=array("Select","All","Alchemist","Assassin","Dark Arts","Dark Paladin","Entertainer","Hunter","Mage","Monk","Paladin","Pirate","Priest","Psion","Scholar","Thief","Warlock","Warrior");

echo "<tr><td width=\"20%\">Class:</td><td><select name=\"class\">";
foreach ($classes as $k => $v){
echo  "<option value=\"$k\"" . ($row['class']=="$k" ? ' selected="selected"' : '') . ">$v</option>";
}
echo "</select></td></tr>";
?>

 

... But I'm getting an error on the $row['class']="2"; line.

 

Error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE, expecting T_STRING or T_VARIABLE or T_NUM_STRING

 

I don't see why that is an error...

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