JQuery SELECT selectedIndex solution

JQuery SELECT selectedIndex solution

I swapped what I thought would have been a restful afternoon after looking at A-Level projects with fixing a minor irritating problem with forms.

The problem: JQuery does not copy across the ‘selectedIndex’ of SELECT elements when using clone() or makeArray. In fact it does not appear to copy anything from SELECT elements at all. See https://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/9997

It does however clone values from INPUT and TEXTAREA elements.

Because of the way I traverse through records on a dynamic form to generate JSON data, I needed to implement a solution.

It might not be the best way, but for the time being I simply add a corresponding hidden INPUT element with the same key field as the SELECT element which is used to mirror the value of SELECT. When traversing the ‘records’ it ignores the SELECT values and picks up the value from the hidden INPUT instead. And Voila.

So something initially like this (excuse the rubbish variable names, I know)

Then something like this on the blur event:

Hopefully you get the idea…

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