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How do I assign a database query value in such a way that the value becomes the selected value in a drop down box.

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How do I assign a database query value in such a way that the value becomes the selected value in a drop down box.

I do not entirley understand the question, do you mean that you want to have some set variables, then one of them from a database, or do you want all of the options to be from the database??

Here is how i would do it for the second scenario:

<?php
$conn=mysql_connect("localhost","root","") or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("testbase") or die(mysql_error());
echo "<select>";
$query=mysql_query("
	SELECT username 
	FROM users");
while($entry=mysql_fetch_array($query))
	{
	echo "<option"; 
	if($entry['username']==fred){echo " selected=selected";} 
	echo ">" . $entry['username'] . "</option>";
	}
echo "</select>";
?>

This code makes sure the option selected is the username value fred, change the if to what you need it to be

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I want to be able to compare the value coming from a query to the database and a value from a drop down box in such a way that when they are similar, the drop down box value gets marked as selected.

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Ok so are you saying that you already have the values of the options in HTML, or are the values selected from the database??

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the values for the drop down box comes from the database. I want to be able to compare a value coming from another query.

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Ok for this example i have put the option building into the code from the database

<?php
	$conn=mysql_connect("localhost","root","") or die(mysql_error());
	mysql_select_db("testbase") or die(mysql_error());
	$result=mysql_query("
		SELECT * 
		FROM users");
	$option="";
	while($row=mysql_fetch_array($result)) 
		{
		$option .= "<option";
		if	($_POST['name']==$row['username']) {$option.= " selected='selected'";}
		$option .= ">" . $row['username'] . "</option>";  
		}
?>
<form method="post">
<select>
<?php echo $option; ?>
</select><input type="text" name="name" /><input type="submit" /></form>

This creates the form, and when someone types a name in the textbox and submits the form, the name they have typed gets selected in the dropdown box.
Was this what you were looking for??

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I may have mixed up my question. What I want to be able to do is compare a queried value from a database to the items of a drop down box. If the database value and drop down box item are the same, it gets marked as selected.

*Note: The drop down box values also come from the database.

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Im going to ask a few more questions just to make sure i understand.

Where does the query come from (eg: the drop down box, a different drop down box, a text box)

Does the query come from the same field in the database as the drop box contents??

Can you give some details on your database design , and any php you might already have towards it so i can see what you are trying to do.

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I sorry to hijack this thread but i have some similar questions.

I have a php script that reads values from a db and insert them in html as select options. When i select one of these options and press submit i want to send a value to the spesific record in my database. Is this possible? Can i even select multiple as well?

Best regards.

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