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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: Populating multiple drop down menus fails w/o an Alert Reply with quote


I'm trying to create an application that will use AJAX to populate multiple drop down menus on a web page. I'm working on a "Looking Glass" application for the ISP that I just joined, and I'm really hung up. The idea is to have the user select an option from column one, namely, which type of router family, and then to have the other two fields populate based on that choice.

The code that I appended at the end of this message will work the way that I intend using the alert button in the middle of the code. But, I would like to make this seamless for the end user, so the alert has to go. Unfortunately, when I remove the alert, the second field does not populate. It almost seems like there needs to be some other event in the code the make it operate properly.

All in all, I'm stuck, and any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.



I built the following code using this guide as a reference:

There are 5 files that are part of this application and the request.js file that was included in the reference.

File 1 -html page:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transistional//EN"
<html xmlns="http"//www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="content-type"
content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Test Looking Glass</title>

<script src="request.js"></script>

function handleOnChange(dd1) {

var idx = dd1.selectedIndex;
var val = dd1[idx].text;
var par = document.forms["mainForm"];
var parelmts = par.elements;
var commandSelect = parelmts["selRtrCommand"];
var routerCommand = val;
var commandSelect2 = parelmts["selRouter"];

if (routerCommand != "Select Command") {
url: "./" + routerCommand + "-commands.txt",
callback: fillSelects,
cache: Http.Cache.Get }, [commandSelect]);
alert("It will only work with this in here!");
if (routerCommand != "Select Command") {
url: "./" + routerCommand + "-routers.txt",
callback: fillSelects,
cache: Http.Cache.Get }, [commandSelect2]);


function fillSelects(xmlreply, commandElmt) {

if (xmlreply.status == Http.Status.OK) {

var commandResponse = xmlreply.responseText;
var prezar = commandResponse.split("|");
commandElmt.length = 1;
commandElmt.length = prezar.length;

for (o=1; o < prezar.length; o++) {

commandElmt[o].text = prezar[o];


else {
alert("There is an error, please select an appropriate router.");




<form name="mainForm">
Router Type: <select name="selCommand" onChange="handleOnChange(this);">
<option>Select Command</option>
Router Command: <select name="selRtrCommand">
<option>Router Command</option>

Select Router: <select name="selRouter">
<option>Select Router</option>
<input type="submit" value="Submit" />


File 2 - Juniper-commands.txt
|sh bgp|sh bgp neigbor|sh ospf|sh ospf neighbor

File 3 - Juniper-routers.txt

File 4 - Cisco-commands.txt
|sh ip bgp|sh ip bpg neighbor|sh ip ospf|sh ip ospf neighbor

File 5 - Cisco-routers.txt
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