Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Javascript to get CheckBoxList value

To read CheckBoxList Selected Value, Selected Index & Selected Text in serverside is an easy job but using javascript its a bit difficult. In this article i want to share with you how one can read CheckBoxList SelectedValue, SelectedIndex & SelectedText by using javascript. Before explanation i want to share with you that getting SelectedIndex & SelectedText from javascript is a bit easy rather than SelectedValue because there is no direct way to read SelectedValue from CheckBoxList. To do that you have to work a bit hard like in databound time of CheckBoxList you have to add an attribute named ALT as value. Then from checkbox array you can read the ALT value as SelectedValue. There is no easy alternative not found yet. If you do not want to read Selected Value of CheckBoxList then please remove the CheckBoxList1_DataBound method from server side code that i will show you later. Also remove variable spanArray, sValue & its related lines from javascript.

If you are looking for Jquery solution then CLICK HERE.

Focus Area:
1. How to get SelectedValue from CheckBoxList using javascript.
2. How to get SelectedText from CheckBoxList using javascript.
3. How to get SelectedIndex from CheckBoxList using javascript.
4. How to bind sql server data into CheckBoxList using Asp.net.

To do that first of all create a table like below:

Here i am considering that the table name is Article. Now add an aspx page in your project and write the HTML Markup like below:
<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Javascript_Checkbox.aspx.cs" Inherits="Javascript_Checkbox" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head runat="server">
<title>Javascript Selectted Item From CheckBoxList</title>

<script type="text/javascript">
function Get_Selected_Value()
var ControlRef = document.getElementById('<%= CheckBoxList1.ClientID %>');
var CheckBoxListArray = ControlRef.getElementsByTagName('input');
var spanArray=ControlRef.getElementsByTagName('span');
var checkedValues = '';
var nIndex=0;
var sValue='';

for (var i=0; i<CheckBoxListArray.length; i++)
var checkBoxRef = CheckBoxListArray[i];

if ( checkBoxRef.checked == true )
var labelArray = checkBoxRef.parentNode.getElementsByTagName('label');

if ( labelArray.length > 0 )
if ( checkedValues.length > 0 )
checkedValues += ', ';
nIndex += ', ';
sValue += ', ';
checkedValues += labelArray[0].innerHTML;
nIndex +=i;
sValue +=spanArray[i].alt;
document.getElementById('<%= lbl_SelectedValue.ClientID %>').innerHTML='<b>Selected Value:</b> '+ sValue;
document.getElementById('<%= lbl_SelectedText.ClientID %>').innerHTML='<b>Selected Text:</b> '+checkedValues;
document.getElementById('<%= lbl_SelectedIndex.ClientID %>').innerHTML='<b>Selected Index:</b> '+nIndex;

<form id="form1" runat="server">
<asp:CheckBoxList ID="CheckBoxList1" runat="server" onclick="Get_Selected_Value();" OnDataBound="CheckBoxList1_DataBound">
<hr />
<label id="lbl_SelectedValue" runat="server"></label><br />
<label id="lbl_SelectedText" runat="server"></label><br />
<label id="lbl_SelectedIndex" runat="server"></label>

Now in code behind write the serverside code like below:
using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

public partial class Javascript_Checkbox : System.Web.UI.Page
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
string connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["TestConnection"].ConnectionString;
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(connectionString);
using (conn)
SqlDataAdapter ad = new SqlDataAdapter(
"SELECT ID,Title from Article", conn);
CheckBoxList1.DataSource = dt;
CheckBoxList1.DataTextField = "Title";
CheckBoxList1.DataValueField = "ID";

protected void CheckBoxList1_DataBound(object sender, EventArgs e)
CheckBoxList chkList = (CheckBoxList)(sender);
foreach (ListItem item in chkList.Items)
item.Attributes.Add("alt", item.Value);

Run the project & you will get an interface like below:

Hope now you can read Selected Value, Selected Text, Selected Index from Asp.net CheckBoxList server control. The SelectedValue may not work in Firefox/Opera. I didn't test yet.


JavaScript Countdown Timer said...

very cool & good code, thank you very much for sharing.

Can you share this code on my JavaScript library?

Awaiting your response. Thank

Anonymous said...

Great code but it doesn't work using Firefox. You get undefined for the sValue +=spanArray[i].alt;

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