Am trying to retrieve the drop down object using the below code onWindowLoad event in component editing screen. But failed as i am unable to get the id for the OOB dropdown control. How to find the id of OOB dropdown control(added in schema design phase) and populate the values. The dropdown is within a multivalued embedded schema which would be repeated.

$controls.getControl($(".keywordselect"), "Tridion.Controls.Dropdown");

Requirement: Location selection Author should able to select the state based on the selected country. Selected Country and State should be visible in component editing screen. N.B: Tree view cant be used.

Pseudocode: I have two dummy dropdowns in component editing screen. I need to populate the first dropdown(Country) onWindowLoad event using anguilla framework by retrieving all abstract keywords within the 'Location' category. onChange event of first dropdown I need to populate the second drop down(State) by populating all Normal Keywords within the selected Country abstract keyword. Am not able to retrieve the OOB drop down object in js file as these drop downs doesn't have an unique identifiers. Please suggest me a valid solution to achieve this requirement.

  • I wonder if you could add some detail about why you want to do this? Right now it sounds like you just want to show values in the dropdown, which you can do by linking the field to a category or setting the possible values in the schema... I assume you want to do more than that?
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 16:18
  • I updated my answer below with an example. Hope it helps. Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 14:00
  • This is a better researched version of questions on dynamic selections and dynamic drop-downs. I see why you preemptively asked for "non-Tree view" answers. :-) Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 16:15

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you might wanna take a look on how to access every field in the component view here:


Basically you can use the Tridion.Controls.FieldBuilder available in the Component view and then call the getField method of such object. You'll need the XML name of the field in that method.

Once you have the field object is a matter of finding the drop down element. In a regular text field you'd get it by calling field.control.input or something similar. Do check the link above. The file you want to check in the Google code project is FBIHandler.js. It contains a bunch of methods to play with the field builder.

As a matter of fact, I am not entirely sure what the use case for you to populate the drop down is, but you might wanna consider to implement your own "behavior" using the FBI framework above.

There's not much documentation as of now, but I will be updating the wiki next week.


Here an example on how to access "Test6" (xml name) field on my component which is based on a keyword list:

  1. Get the View
  2. Get the Field Builder
  3. Get the Field
  4. Get the Keyword Select control
  5. Get its control (dropdown)
  6. Manipulate the options
$view = $display.getView();
$fb = $view.properties.controls.fieldBuilder;
$field = $fb.getField("Test6");
$dropdownKeyword = $field.properties.input;
$dropdown = $dropdownKeyword.properties.input

//[option, option, option, option, option, option, selectedIndex: 0, namedItem:     function, add: function, remove: function, item: function…]

Example on how to access a dropdown in a keyword list field

  • Thanks a lot Jaime, am just trying this out. I hope this should work. Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 9:57

Try this way:

$controls.getControl($('.input-with-bar .field .input'), 'Tridion.Controls.Dropdown')

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