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If your requirements do not allow you to load all the data on the first
request, then your choice is to do this in multiple steps with a new
request-response cycle after the user selects the letter.
If you want to make this nicer you can hide that request-response behind
the scenes by using AJAX techniques.
This type of task is very common and well discussed with many examples
readily available through a bit of searching.
Well, I have done quite abit of searching and have not found anything useful. Do you have any links you could share?
Even if you can get it to work, you are still going to have problems in that your user is presented with a drop down of several hundred choices once they choose a letter. You may want to consider another approach.
You do not specify your system so I do not know what capabilities you
have available. Here is a link making use of CF8's built in AJAX
functionality. If you do not have 8, then you will have to look at some
other options. I found many other likely looking resources on the
Google results from a search for 'ajax related select'.
Good Point. I can not think of any other better way to really do it. Maybe I am having a brain fade today. Maybe if I have them type in the first 2 or 3 letters in a text field, then to do a search that way. Not sure.
Thanks for the feedback, from both of you. I will check into this
Will be using CF8 for this project
Thanks for the Autosuggest Idea. It works great for what I want to do. Thanks again. I also got the update from one dropdown to another working as well, but I like the autosuggest better.