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Which events fire reliable in IE6 <select>?

Hi everybody,

I nearly get despaired of the fact that the events I chose and,
according to the MSDN site, are correct, don't fire reliable in IE6.
Is someone able to tell me, which events I can use for the following

I have a <select> list with dynamically generated options. Latest when
I have changed the (pre-) selected option and loose the focus of the
select-list I want to run a function to find out about the newly
selected option and act accordingly.

I tried the events onblur = somefunction(), onfocus = somefunction(),
onselect = somefunction() and even onselectstart = somefunction() and
used them like follows:

<SELECT ID="IDNAME" SIZE="1" ONFOCUS="somefu nction()"
ONBLUR="somefun ction()"></SELECT> in nearly every combination, e.g.
only onfocus or combined as above and with and without the "" around

Unfortunately with neither event somefunction() gets called.

Please note that the solution only has to work in IE6 and not in other

Thank you very much in advance,


Feb 15 '06 #1
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andreas.maurer1 ...@web.de schrieb:
Hi everybody,


I forgot to mention that this <select> box is within a frameset.
Just in case that this matters.


Feb 15 '06 #2

andreas.maurer1 ...@web.de wrote:
andreas.maurer1 ...@web.de schrieb:
Hi everybody,


I forgot to mention that this <select> box is within a frameset.
Just in case that this matters.

Where do you process the events? In the frame with <select> list or in
some other frame? If in some other frame and these are frames from
different domains then you cannot capture events with default security

Just to check that your system works:

<select name="foo" onchange="alert (this.selectedI ndex)">
<option selected>1</option>

Copy'n'paste as it is into your form and select something. See if alert
pops up.

Feb 15 '06 #3

VK schrieb:
Just to check that your system works:

<select name="foo" onchange="alert (this.selectedI ndex)">
<option selected>1</option>

Copy'n'paste as it is into your form and select something. See if alert
pops up.

Hi VK,

thank you for your answer.
I have copied your code into my HTML- file and it works.
Doing the same (simply changeing the function call to the alert(...))
within my <select> list doesn't work.

Could it be that it has something to do with my dynamical creation of
the <option>- tags?

this.IDNAME[0] = new Option("some text", 0 , true, false); // default
this.IDNAME[1] = new Option("some other text", 0 , false, false);
for (var i = 2; i < 10 ; i++) {
this.IDNAME[i] = new Option("some more text", i, false, false); //
some more text is just an example and displays well ;-)

I process the event in the same html-file and therefore the same frame.
The function origially was located at the end of the file but now I
have moved it to the <head> part of it. Thank's for asking where I
process it. This might have been another, more difficult to find


Feb 15 '06 #4

an************* ***@web.de schrieb:
VK schrieb:

Hi VK and everyone,

the problem is solved.

The reason for it was that I had a second <select> - tag with the same
id just a few lines above the "real" tag due to some copy/paste.
Of course IE got confused and didn't know where it was.

Sorry for wasting your time but trust me, if a colleague wouldn't have
looked over my shoulders and asked me what the second tag is good for I
never would have found it although I already spent literally hours on
this problem.


Feb 15 '06 #5
Ha ha ha, that's always the way it is. :) Glad it was solved.

Feb 16 '06 #6

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