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Display Text in Dropdown List

Fred Victa
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Joined: May 01, 2008
Posts: 90
I have an application and it has a webpage that displays various drop down menus. I have drop down menus for the makes and models of a vehicle. When I select the make of a vehicle, I would like to have the drop down menu for model to say, "Select Model of Vehicle". My drop down menu displays the vehicle models, but it does not display "Select Model of Vehicle." How can I get it to display that?

Here is a snippet from one of my freemarker templates:

<td class="cellpadding2"> </td>
<td class="normalfont cellpadding2"><@spring.message code="page.fieldLabel.model" /></td>
<td class="cellpadding2">
<SELECT name="modelOfVehicle" id="modelOfVehicle">
<OPTION value=""><@spring.message code=""/></OPTION>
<#if vehicleModels??>
<#list vehicleModels as model>
<#assign selected=""/>
<#if model.description?trim == myCars.modelOfVehicle?trim >
<#assign selected = "selected"/>
<OPTION value="${model.description}" selected> ${model.description}</OPTION>
<OPTION value="${model.description}" >${model.description}</OPTION>
<INPUT class="adjust_input lotdisp_input" type=text id="model" name="model" value="${myCars.model!""}" maxlength="10">

Here is a snippet from my Javascript file:

new Ajax.Request(message.vehicleModelListURL,
method: "post",
parameters: "selectedMake="+selectedMake,
onComplete: function(transport)
var modelCodes = transport.responseText.split('|');
var modelCodesCount = 0;

$("modelOfVehicle").options.length = 0;
$("modelOfVehicle").options[0] = new Option("Select Model","");

for (var i=0; i < modelCodes.length; i++)
$("modelOfVehicle").options[i+1] = new Option(trimWS(modelCodes[i]),trimWS(modelCodes[i]));

if (modelCodes[i].trim().length > 0)



if(modelCodesCount > 0)

$("model").style.display ="";
$("modelOfVehicle").value = model;

$("modelOfVehicle").style.display ="none";
$("model").style.display ="";


onFailure : function()

Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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