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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#10140 closed bug (invalid)

Set selected option fails

Reported by: tim_kiphuth@… Owned by: tim_kiphuth@…
Priority: low Milestone: None
Component: attributes Version: 1.6.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:


To add and select a select option, this works in 1.4.2 -

$("option[text='"+optName+"']", selEl).attr('selected', true);

In 1.4.3+, it doesn't work. Test case:


<title>Testcase - works</title> <head> <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.4.2.min.js"></script> <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

function updateSelect (optName) {

var selEl = $('select#color')[0]; if ($("option[text='"+optName+"']", selEl).length==0) {


} $("option[text='"+optName+"']", selEl).attr('selected', true); return;


</script> </head> <body>

<select id="color"><option>Red<option>Green<option>Blue</select> <input type="text" onChange="javascript:updateSelect(this.value)" />



This test takes the input and checks if the name is in the option list. If not, it adds the name to the options and selects the new name. Changing the version of jQuery to 1.4.3 or 1.6.2 will cause the select to fail. The option is added correctly, just not selected.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by Rick Waldron

Component: unfiledattributes
Owner: set to tim_kiphuth@…
Priority: undecidedlow
Status: newpending

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comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by dmethvin

Resolution: invalid
Status: pendingclosed

As you can see in your markup, there is no text *attribute*; there is not even a value attribute. So it is correct that nothing is matched.

In some cases, and in older versions of jQuery, selectors may end up matching a *property* instead of (or in addition to) attributes, but this is not behavior you should depend on.

If you want to match the text inside an option take a look at the :contains() selector.

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by tim_kiphuth@…

Thanks, the :contains() selector will get'er done.

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