thanks, was pretty sure that was the case, and I know of course that since I was testing the wrong variable in the first example, it would show the incorrect thing.
gotta learn it step by step.. hah.
at any rate, this SEEMS to work now, now I just have to take into account some other code, might be back to this topic, just kind of depends.
this portion of the code is actually part of another post I put up, but I decided to use a new thread, since this code actually has almost nothing to do with the original thread (i changed how I was doing the site)
basically I have a form that takes input from a drop down field asking how many images do you want to upload, which takes you to a new form showing that many file upload fields, each with a radio group beside it, asking you to pick one of 3 possible answers for each upload (3 possible categories for the file uploads to go to)
on the new page it says ok, I got the variables from that, im hoping to have it print out a selector for each that was from the previous page.