Jeff P. Jeff P. - 4 months ago 11
Javascript Question

Place values from checkboxes into html input field

I'm trying to take the values of checkboxes and put them into an input field after they are checked. By using JavaScript, I am able to display these values within a

<span>
tag. However, when I try to do this within an
<input>
tag, they do not appear.

HTML:

<table width="680" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td width="550" nowrap=""><br>

<div class="dropdown_container">
<ul id="select_colors">
<li>
<label>
<input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="1" oncheck="cat_id.value=1" />Value 1</label>
</li>
<li>
<label>
<input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="2" oncheck="cat_id.value=2" />Value 2</label>
</li>
<li>
<label>
<input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="3" oncheck="cat_id.value=3" />Value 3</label>
</li>
<li>
<label>
<input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="4" oncheck="cat_id.value=4" />Value 4</label>
</li>
<li>
<label>
<input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="5" oncheck="cat_id.value=5" />Value 5</label>
</li>

</ul>
</div>
</td>
</tr>

<!-- Display values from checkboxes within this input tag -->

<tr>
<td> 
<div class="dropdown_box">
<input name="cat_id" type="text" id="cat_id" />
</div>
</td>
<td width="550" nowrap="">&nbsp;</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>


JavaScript:

$(function () {
$(".dropdown_container input").change(function () {
var checked = $(".dropdown_container input:checked");
var span = $(".dropdown_box input");

span.html(checked.map(function () {
return $(this).val().replace("_"," ");
}).get().join(", "));

});
});

Answer

Use .val() instead of .html() as you are setting value property of the element, not updating innerHTML of the element

$(function() {
  $(".dropdown_container input").change(function() {
    var checked = $(".dropdown_container input:checked");
    var span = $(".dropdown_box input");
    span.val(checked.map(function() {
      return $(this).val();
    }).get().join(", "));
  });
});
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
<table width="680" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5">
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td width="550" nowrap="">
        <br>
        <div class="dropdown_container">
          <ul id="select_colors">
            <li>
              <label>
                <input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="1" />Value 1</label>
            </li>
            <li>
              <label>
                <input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="2" />Value 2</label>
            </li>
            <li>
              <label>
                <input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="3" />Value 3</label>
            </li>
            <li>
              <label>
                <input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="4" />Value 4</label>
            </li>
            <li>
              <label>
                <input name="categories" type="checkbox" id="categories" value="5" />Value 5</label>
            </li>
          </ul>
        </div>
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>
        <div class="dropdown_box">
          <input name="cat_id" type="text" id="cat_id" />
        </div>
      </td>
      <td width="550" nowrap="">&nbsp;</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

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