Finding the selected radio button?

Discussion in 'Javascript' started by Mark Haase, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Mark Haase

    Mark Haase Guest

    Hey All--

    I'm rusty on my JavaScript but I'm pulling it back out to do a PHP/MySQL
    database application. I'm doing all the validation in PHP, but I'm using
    JavaScript to show/hide questions which depend on the responses to other
    questions, e.g. "If you answered yes to the previous question, then what
    time of day will you need your service activated?"

    One aspect of this is needing to be able to decide which radio button in
    certain groups is selected. Most of these are "yes/no", some have three
    options. Apparently the only way to do this is with a for loop? I found
    the following code many times on Google while looking for an answer:

    <form name="test">
    <input type="radio" name="myradio" />
    <input type="radio" name="myradio" />
    <input type="radio" name="myradio" />

    <script type="text/javascript">
    //a variable that will hold the index number of the selected radio button
    for (i=0;i<document.test.myradio.length;i++){
    if (document.test.myradio.checked==true)

    Is this really how everybody does it? It seems like such an obvious
    shortcoming in JavaScript that I can't believe its true, but none of the
    JS references that I've found online indicate the existence of a
    selectedIndex() function or similar for a radio group.

    Mark Haase, Jun 17, 2005
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    Mick White Guest

    Build your own:
    function selectedRadio(radiogroup){
    if(radiogroup.checked) return i;

    Mick White, Jun 18, 2005
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    Matt Kruse Guest

    It does seem like a bother that form inputs are handled how they are in
    javascript. But, this trouble is easily avoided by writing generalized
    functions once and then never worrying about the particulars of getting
    input values again.

    I have general functions like getInputValue(), setInputValue(),
    getInputDefaultValue(), etc at:

    They work regardless of input type, how many inputs there are with the same
    name, etc. Very handy, and especially useful when an input on your form
    changes from one type to another (radio to select, for example). By using
    generalized functions, your javascript would most likely not need to be

    Hope that helps,
    Matt Kruse, Jun 18, 2005
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