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🔰[New Free Plugin] Air Static Dropdown labels

Just published this tiny plugin called Air Static Dropdown labels, that i think some few people might find useful.

This plugin allows you to display dropdown labels different from the values when using the default bubble dropdown with the static option.
For dynamic choice you can simply use the features available in the default dropdown element.

If you want to have a dropdown with lables different from values, in most cases you create these as two different fields in your database and use the dynamic choice for the dropdown.

But there are cases that some developers want to use static choices for whatever reason.
Especially if you know your list is never going to change and therefore want to save your application from making a server side call to pull the list from the database.

This is where this plugin comes in handy.

Its very very tiny purely written in like 10 lines of javascript code so doesn’t really add any overhead to your app.

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Here is a demo link:

And the editor link:

Usage Instructions

  1. Install the plugin
  2. Add the element AirDropdownLabels to your page.
  3. Assign a unique id attribute to your original dropdown element
    (If you haven’t already done so go to Settings page, General tab and checkExpose the option to add an Id Attribute ...)
  4. Enter this same id in the AirDropdwonLabels Element id field.
  5. Enter the list of texts you want the dropdown to display. Must correspond the the values in the dropdown and should be the same length.
  6. If you checked “This input should not be empty” on the dropdown, check the same property on the AirDropdownLabels (this is important or some cats will die, seriously :cry:).

Note: As usual if you have multiple dropdowns make sure each of the id attribute values are different.

Enjoy

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Great idea, can’t wait to try it out :ok_hand:

@seanhoots Hey man! Love your plugin. But, one thing I am running into is that if I use it in a repeating group, the top item will have it replace the options correctly, but the other items will show my original dropdown instead of the values stored in your plugin. Any ideas?

You might have a problem with the ID attributes. Each one should have a unique name.
You can use the cell number to get unique names for each dropdown and the plugin elements.

Hi @seanhoots, your plugin works perfectly with bubble dropdowns. However, it seems not to work with multidropdowns.

I can’t conditionally change the option caption of the multidropdown, hence impossible to handle multi-language. I tried regex, but only allows me to access “current option…”, can’t access current user’s language. Do you know of any alternative to this limitation ?

Thought of building a multidropdown myself with repeating group but the formating will be disgusting…

HI @Tomdez1989, Did you find a solution to this problem? This is not the first time I have encountered this problem.

Hi @akrylov, I did find a way to handle that. I have been rethinking the whole multi-language issue using REGEX. It requires to create a pattern in the database’s text field where you store your multidropdown options.

Example, if your multidropdown Searches for text in Type XXXX, instead of having one field per langue that you conditionally pick depending on the user’s language, just have ONE field with your text pattern.

Example:

/english:hello/french:salut/italian:ciao/ is what your text needs to look like (don’t forget the “/” at beginning and end for REGEX extraction pattern to work).

Then use extract with regex function after the “search for” function as in below screenshot

The result is that when user’s language is french it will return “salut” and so on.

As a result you can drop all the conditional statements that can get very messy.

Hope this helps, and if there’s something that doesn’t work for you let me know.

Thomas

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Hi, Thomas! Thanks for the answer. Looks good. I will try this method.

Could someone provide an example in the editor of this plugin?

thanks.

@avern87 did you manage to solve this problem ? I identified the same problem that you talked about in a repeater group

@formatusdesigner Yes, I did. Sean’s response was correct… The IDs have to be unique. So you’d use a dynamic statement in the ID for the element to make it reference the index of the repeating group.

For what it’s worth, I ended up replacing this functionality entirely with custom states since you can add an attribute to custom states. For instance, a field to display and a field that stores the actual value. Works better / faster.

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@AndrewV Thanks for the help … But I was still lost. I’m starting on Bubble yet :frowning:

in the repeater group I put an ID see Screenshot by Lightshot
I put another id in the dropdown that has the options I want to translate Screenshot by Lightshot. I inserted this id in the plugin Screenshot by Lightshot

do I need to put another ID in the ID Attribute plugin too?

Ah, no problem. Happy to help!

You’ll want the dropdown and the plugin in the same cell of the repeating group. You’ll give them both IDs like you did, but you’ll also use a dynamic reference to their index from the repeating group. (Screenshot below) This basically means that even though you’ll have many copies on the same page, they will each have a unique ID from the others since each instance of the dropdown and the plugin will have a different index.

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Perfect! Now it worked perfectly !! Thank you very much @AndrewV !!!

Hi @AndrewV , I have troubles getting the plugin to work currently.
So your solution with custom states sounds very good.
Any way you can share how you’ve set that up?
Kind regards,
Sando

Hey @sando :wave:

Sure thing! For this, you’ll want an option set with atleast one attribute. So, your dropdown might show the ‘display’ of the option set as the option to the user. But when you save that to the database, you might actually reference and save the attribute of the option instead of it’s display value.

Here’s an example, let’s say you have a dropdown that asks someone to pick from a list of colors to customize their account in your app. Your option set might be a list of color options like Blue, Orange, Red, etc. But, you might want to save the attribute of each option which could have the hex value for the color.

Here’s a link to our video on how to set up Option Sets → How to Use Option Sets | Bubble Tutorial - YouTube