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How To Use a Few <SELECT> Tags to Implement a Large Table

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Many developers use multiple <SELECT> tags on their Web pages. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions that are outlined in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 265489, you must limit the number of <SELECT> tags on a page in Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98. The Select_Example.exe file demonstrates how to implement a page that uses many <SELECT> tags in a table scenario without actually using a separate <SELECT> tag for each table cell.

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Release Date: May 15, 2001

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119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
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File NameSize
Select_Many.htm6 kb
Parse_All.asp1 kb


1.Download Select_Example.exe, and open Select_Many.htm.
2.Provide the number of rows that you want to add, and click Add rows to add table rows on the Web page.
3.Click any row to display the drop-down list box, and change the selection. If you click Hide Dropdowns, the drop-down list boxes disappear from the page.


The sample code in Parse_All.asp demonstrates that all of the values that are associated with the form (even the added dynamic rows and the values that the user changes) are propagated to the server.

How the Sample Works

A single row, which contains <SELECT> tags, is dynamically placed on top of the table row that the user clicks. When a user clicks within a table row, the handle_click function is called, and the parentElement property determines the position of the table row that contains the cell that the user clicks. Before hiding the current row, the contents of <SELECT> tags are transferred into the previously selected row (which are stored in holder_row). The current contents of each table column in the newly selected row are then used to determine which element is selected within the corresponding <SELECT> tag. The table row is hidden when the <SELECT> tag is positioned on the new row.

This sample demonstrates that it is possible to implement a DHTML page to utilize multiple <SELECT> tags without using a separate <SELECT> tag for each cell within a table. This sample code is one among many ways to accomplish this task.

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For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265489 PRB: Approximately 200 or More SELECT Boxes in HTML Causes Slow and Unstable Performance in Windows 95 and Windows 98
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Keywords: KB290102, kbscript, kbsample, kbhowto, kbfile, kbdhtml, kbdownload, kbdownload

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Article Info
Article ID : 290102
Revision : 6
Created on : 11/23/2006
Published on : 11/23/2006
Exists online : False
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