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Dropdownlist as a pick list - setting the selected item

Is there any way to set the item in a dropdownlist to correspond to a value
from data? I have a number of dropdownlist controls within a detailview
control. The detailview control represents 1 record and I have ddl controls
populated from lookup tables. What I want to do is to set the selected item
in the ddl to correspond with that in the detailview. I am extremely
frustrated at the lack of documentation available on how this can be
achieved. I have been trying various methods to achieve it without
success...can anybody help? I have attempted the following:

selectedindex=' <%# databinder.Eval (Container, "DataItem.Statu s")%>

but that sets the selected index to the status_id rather than to the datavalue
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