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#6837 closed bug (fixed)

Opened July 28, 2010 02:20AM UTC

Closed April 15, 2011 03:24AM UTC

Last modified March 09, 2012 02:59AM UTC

$(selectElement).val() will return nothing after a form reset in IE

Reported by: vortfu Owned by:
Priority: high Milestone: 1.5
Component: attributes Version: 1.4.2
Keywords: internet explorer val select reset needsreview Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

In Internet Explorer, calling val() on a select element (where type = select-one and none of the child option elements being explicitly defined as being selected) after a form reset will result in an empty value being returned instead of the value of the default/first option.

The problem appears to be that IE will set selectElement.selectedIndex correctly, but not set selectElement.options[selectElement.selectedIndex].selected after a reset.

A suggested patch which fixes this issue would be to check against selectedIndex instead of just option.selected if type == 'select-one'



~line 85

Loop through all the selected options

for ( var i = one ? index : 0, max = one ? index + 1 : options.length; i < max; i++ ) {

var option = options[ i ];

if ( option.selected || ( one && index == i ) ) {

Get the specifc value for the option

value = jQuery(option).val();

We don't need an array for one selects

if ( one ) {

return value;


Multi-Selects return an array

values.push( value );



demo file attached.

Attachments (1)
  • jquery.html (0.9 KB) - added by vortfu July 28, 2010 02:20AM UTC.
Change History (4)

Changed October 04, 2010 06:13AM UTC by addyosmani comment:1

need: ReviewPatch
priority: → undecided

Tested the above bug in both IE6, IE8 and IE9. The behaviour is that as mentioned IE fails to return the correct value of the default/first item in the select after a form reset, instead returning an empty string.

Recommending a review and patch.

Changed October 18, 2010 12:40AM UTC by snover comment:2

keywords: internet explorer val select resetinternet explorer val select reset needsreview

Changed November 12, 2010 02:39AM UTC by snover comment:3

milestone: 1.4.3

Resetting milestone to future.

Changed April 15, 2011 03:24AM UTC by timmywil comment:4

milestone: → 1.5
priority: undecidedhigh
resolution: → fixed
status: newclosed