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string getMenu(
    string $selectName,
    optional mixed $defaultValue=false,
    optional mixed $blankFirstItem=true,
    optional bool $multiple=false,
    optional int $numberOfRows=0,
    optional string $optionalAttributes='',
    optional bool $compareAgainstFirstCol=true


The function getMenu() generates an HTML SELECT tag string from a recordset, and returns the string.

If the recordset has a single column, the option values and descriptions are the same. If it has 2 columns, the first one is the description and the second is the value. By default, the 2nd column is matched against $defaultValue, if provided.

Any extra column beyond the first two will be discarded.

Until ADOdb 5.20.13, this method required that ADODB_FETCH_MODE be set to ADODB_FETCH_NUM prior to execution of the SQL statement that will provide the recordset. Starting with 5.20.14, all fetch modes are supported



name of SELECT tag


The value to highlight. Use either a string for a single value to match, or a numeric array if a multiselect box is going to be built and there are multiple matching defaults.


This parameter has the following available options:

  • true (default) - creates an empty <option></option> tag
  • false - does not creates an empty <option></option> tag
  • string value - creates an <option value=“”>STRING</option> tag
  • string value format value:description - creates an <option value='value'>description</option> tag


Set true to create a multi-select box


Number of rows to show for multi-select box. If. a multi-select box is not created, this field has no meaning.


Additional attributes to defined for SELECT tag, useful for holding javascript onChange='…' handlers or class information. Note that by default, the select box is generated without an id, so this should be included here.


If we have 2 columns, by default the default value is located by matching against the 2nd column (the value). By setting this flag to false, we can locate the selected option by matching against the 1st column (the description). This works even if the list of selected items is an array


* Connect to DB2 Sample Database
$SQL = "SELECT actdesc,actno FROM act ORDER BY actno
$result = $db->execute($SQL);
$html = $result->getMenu('mySelect',
                         'DEFINE SPECS',
                         'id="mySelect" class="myclass-1 myclass-2"');
print $html
<select name="mySelect" id="mySelect" class="myclass-1 myclass-2">
<option value='10'>MANAGE/ADVISE</option>
<option value='20'>ESTIMATE COST</option>
<option value='30' selected>DEFINE SPECS</option>
<option value='40'>LEAD PROGRAM/DESIGN</option>
<option value='50'>WRITE SPECS</option>
<option value='60'>DESCRIBE LOGIC</option>
<option value='70'>CODE PROGRAMS</option>
<option value='80'>TEST PROGRAMS</option>
<option value='90'>ADM QUERY SYSTEM</option>
<option value='100'>TEACH CLASSES</option>
<option value='110'>DEVELOP COURSES</option>
<option value='120'>PERS AND STAFFING</option>
<option value='130'>OPER COMPUTER SYS</option>
<option value='140'>MAINT SOFTWARE SYS</option>
<option value='150'>ADM OPERATING SYS</option>
<option value='160'>ADM DATA BASES</option>
<option value='170'>ADM DATA COMM</option>
<option value='180'>DOCUMENT</option>
v5/reference/recordset/getmenu.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/24 00:16 by dregad