Hi all
I have a set of three drop down menu that I would like to duplicate. I would like to create other sets of three menus but I cannot get them to be independent from the previous set. I believe it has to do with the JS that controls the selections...
also I would like to make the selections without the page refreshing because I will use the drop down menus in a form and the user will lose text that was eventually input before the selection...is there a way to accomplish that using ajax?

Not sure if this is the right place to post, if not I apologize and ask the mod to please move the thread to the appropriate forum
here is my working code, so far...(this include only 1 set of 3 drop down menus)

Code:
<html>

<head>
<title>Demo of Three Multiple drop down list box from plus2net</title>

<script language=JavaScript>
function reload(form)
{
var val=form.cat.options[form.cat.options.selectedIndex].value; 
self.location='form2.php?cat=' + val ;
}
function reload3(form)
{
var val=form.cat.options[form.cat.options.selectedIndex].value; 
var val2=form.subcat.options[form.subcat.options.selectedIndex].value; 

self.location='form2.php?cat=' + val + '&cat3=' + val2 ;
}

</script>


<?php

require "config.php";
///////// Getting the data from Mysql table for first list box//////////
$quer2=mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT category,cat_id FROM category order by category"); 
///////////// End of query for first list box////////////

/////// for second drop down list we will check if category is selected else we will display all the subcategory///// 
$cat=$HTTP_GET_VARS['cat']; // This line is added to take care if your global variable is off
if(isset($cat) and strlen($cat) > 0){
$quer=mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT subcategory,subcat_id FROM subcategory where cat_id=$cat order by subcategory"); 
}else{$quer=mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT subcategory,subcat_id FROM subcategory order by subcategory"); } 
////////// end of query for second subcategory drop down list box ///////////////////////////

/////// for Third drop down list we will check if sub category is selected else we will display all the subcategory3///// 
$cat3=$HTTP_GET_VARS['cat3']; // This line is added to take care if your global variable is off
if(isset($cat3) and strlen($cat3) > 0){
$quer3=mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT subcat2 FROM subcategory2 where subcat_id=$cat3 order by subcat2"); 
}else{$quer3=mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT subcat2 FROM subcategory2 order by subcat2"); } 
////////// end of query for third subcategory drop down list box ///////////////////////////

echo "<form method=post name=f1 action='send.php'>";

//////////        Starting of first drop downlist /////////
echo "<select name='cat' onchange=\"reload(this.form)\"><option value=''>Select one</option>";
while($noticia2 = mysql_fetch_array($quer2)) { 
if($noticia2['cat_id']==@$cat){echo "<option selected value='$noticia2[cat_id]'>$noticia2[category]</option>"."<BR>";}
else{echo  "<option value='$noticia2[cat_id]'>$noticia2[category]</option>";}
}
echo "</select>";
//////////////////  This will end the first drop down list ///////////

//////////        Starting of second drop downlist /////////
echo "<select name='subcat' onchange=\"reload3(this.form)\"><option value=''>Select one</option>";
while($noticia = mysql_fetch_array($quer)) { 
if($noticia['subcat_id']==@$cat3){echo "<option selected value='$noticia[subcat_id]'>$noticia[subcategory]</option>"."<BR>";}
else{echo  "<option value='$noticia[subcat_id]'>$noticia[subcategory]</option>";}
}
echo "</select>";
//////////////////  This will end the second drop down list ///////////


//////////        Starting of third drop downlist /////////
echo "<select name='subcat3' ><option value=''>Select one</option>";
while($noticia = mysql_fetch_array($quer3)) { 
echo  "<option value='$noticia[subcat2]'>$noticia[subcat2]</option>";
}
echo "</select>";
//////////////////  This will end the third drop down list ///////////

?>