Using FancyBox with Drop Down / Select Fields

I’m posting this because I spent countless hours trying to find a solution that would work, and this is the simplest (and only) one that I found in my research. I am convinced that there is a way built in to FancyBox to do this, but I could not figure it out, and I could not find any documentation that explained how. If you know how to make this work completely within the FancyBox framework, please post a comment.

Feel free to use this solution on any of your projects, but please leave the credits in there and provide one for me here. Thanks.

The Situation
I had a select (drop down) field on my site, and when the user selected a field, I wanted the selected field to trigger a link that would open a FancyBox pop up window that would be populated by an iframe source.

The Problem
FancyBox works only on links (a href tags) that have a specific class, and you cannot give a standard select field option an a href tag. I did try to create an unordered list and style it to look like a select field, but it didn’t work very well for me, and it wasn’t really the objective for what I was trying to do.

The Solution
In the end (after about 8 hours of searching and experimenting), I found this solution that worked like a charm. I had to tweak it a bit, of course, to make it work with FancyBox and iframes in my select field. A quick explanation before I get into the code:

1.) Create a select field with options that have the values of the URLs you want to display in the FancyBox,
2.) Rather than a submit button, create a regular a href link that is styled to look like a button,
3.) Install FancyBox on your website either with a WordPress plugin or the manual jQuery install,
4.) Add your FancyBox class or id to the a href link styled to look like a button, and
5.) Use the javascript below to change the value of the a href link when the user selects an option from the select field.

And now for the good stuff…

The FancyBox code (this is for the WordPress FancyBox plugin):


<!-- fancy box -->
'transitionIn': 'elastic',
'transitionOut': 'elastic',
'speedIn': 600,
'speedOut': 200,
'type': 'iframe'


The javascript:

<script type="text/javascript"><br />
function update()<br />
{<br />
var newLink = document.myFormName.mySelectName.value;<br />
document.getElementById("myCustomLink").href = newLink;<br />
return;<br />
}<br />

The link CSS to make it look like a button:

<style type="text/css">

#myCustomLink {
background-image: url('myCustomButtonImage.jpg');
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-color: transparent;
background-position: top left;
width: 109px;
height: 30px;
border: 0px;
cursor: pointer;
margin: 1px 0px 0px 4px;
clear: none;
text-align: center;
display: inline-block;
a#myCustomLink {
color: #484848;
text-transform: uppercase;
text-decoration: none;
font-size: 0.8em;
font-family: Arial, Verdana;
padding: 7px 0px 0px 0px;

--><br />


<form name="myFormName">
<select name="mySelectName" onchange="update();">
<option value="" selected="selected">Choose an option...</option>
<option value="">Option Value 1</option>
<option value="">Option Value 2</option>
<option value="">Option Value 3</option>
<option value=" ">Option Value 4</option>
<option value="">Option Value 5</option>
<a href="#" class="myFancyBoxClass" name="all" id="myCustomLink">SUBMIT</a>

Below is a working example. Make a selection from the drop down, and then click the submit button. You should see the website pop up in a FancyBox iframe.

[sc:fancybox_drop_down ]