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rated 0 times [  179] [ 2]  / answers: 1 / hits: 44891  / 15 Years ago, thu, february 19, 2009, 12:00:00

UPDATED - please read further details below original question

I have a select form element with various urls, that I want to open in a new window when selected - to do this I have the following code in the element's onchange event:[this.selectedIndex].value,'_blank');

This works fine. But I also want to submit the form when changing this select element value - I've tried various things, but I can't seem to get it to work.

I have jquery, so if it's easier to achieve via that then that's fine.

Update - I've just realised there is another issue with the above, because some of the urls are actually used to generate and output pdfs, and these do not work - they open and then immediately close (at least in IE7).

UPDATE 07/05/09 - I've now opened a bounty for this question as I really need to come up with a working solution. I did originally get around the issue by displaying links instead of a form select element, but this is no longer feasible.

The reason I need the above is that I have a large number of files that might need to be viewed / printed, too many to reasonably display as a list of links. I need to submit the form to record the fact a particular file has been viewed / printed, then display a log of the file history on the form - I'm comfortable with achieving this side of things, so don't require assistance there, but I thought it would help to place the context.

So, to clarify my requirements - I need a form select element and 'View' button that when clicked will not only launch a file download in a new window (note the above issue I faced when these files were PDFs), but also submit the form that contains the select element.

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Here ya go

<script type=text/javascript>
$(function() {
$(#selectElement).change(function() {
if ($(this).val()) {$(this).val(), '_blank');

// just to be sure that it is submitting, remove this code
$(#formElement).submit(function() {
alert('submitting ... ');

<form id=formElement method=get action=#>
<select id=selectElement>
<option value=>View Site 1</option>
<option value=>View Site 2</option>
<option value=>View Site 3</option>

[#99951] Thursday, February 12, 2009, 15 Years  [reply] [flag answer]
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