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in PHP you can show one thing and have a different value hidden

<select id="animal" name="animal">

<option value="0">--Select Animal--</option>

<option value="1">Cat</option>

<option value="2">Dog</option>

<option value="3">Cow</option>



this is great when working across databases because you can use unique identifiers.

so if I say dog I can now use the value of 2 to look for directly related material in sqllite.


does this exist in autoit?

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Are you talking about a GUI you create? Something like this?

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>

    Local $x

    $hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 300, 300)
    $hList = GUICtrlCreateCombo("Select Animal", 10, 10, 280, 40)
        GUICtrlSetData(-1, "Cat|Dog|Cow")

    $btnGo = GUICtrlCreateButton("Go", 10, 200, 40, 30)


    While 1
        Switch GUIGetMsg()
            Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Case $btnGo
                Switch GUICtrlRead($hList)
                    Case "Cat"
                        $x = 1
                    Case "Dog"
                        $x = 2
                    Case "Cow"
                        $x = 3
                MsgBox(0, "", $x)


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Or something like this perhaps:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

Local $aArray[3][2] = [["Cat", 1], ["Dog", 2], ["Cow", 3]]
$sData = ""
For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1
    $sData &= "|" & $aArray[$i][0]

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

$cCombo = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 10, 10, 280, 20)
GUICtrlSetData($cCombo, "Cat|Dog|Cow")


While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $cCombo

            $sChoice = GUICtrlRead($cCombo)
            $iIndex = _ArraySearch($aArray, $sChoice)
            If Not @error Then
                MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "Index", $aArray[$iIndex][1])


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