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Old 05-30-2001, 07:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy Text field + search= problem

Howdy peeps!

I gots a problem, which I dont know how to solve. On my site I have an area where people can search my site for software. There is on text field to input search terms, and one pull down menu to search a category, and then a submit button (you can see what I mean by going to www.appleprograms.com, look at the top of the page). What I want to do is give that text field a default value of "Software Search!". But.....If I do that, if you go to search for a category, it will also search for "software search". So basically, what I need an answere to is...

Does anyone know how to ignore a default text value when clicking submit, without ignoring the text value if it is not default?


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Old 05-31-2001, 06:06 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2001, 10:23 AM   #3
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All you have to do is an IF statement inside your search engine. Make a default(BLANK) dropdown option with a value of "".

IF ($dropdown)
$search_term = $dropdown;
$search_term = $textbox;

This would cause the dropdown to be used if both were selected. So you might want to put the word OR between the text field and the drop down box. (enter text OR use the dropdown).
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Old 06-06-2001, 01:00 PM   #4
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You should also be able to throw in a simple IF statement that would simply ignore the string value of "Software Search".

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