I would like to validate the company name chosen in a form in a "select" form field.

When I try $form_values['submitted_tree']['company_1']; it shows me the key instead of the string value.

I tried the following code, but it still prints '1' (the key) instead of the value associated with the key.

    $_page_num = $form_state['values']['details']['page_num'];
    $key1 = $form_state['values']['submitted_tree']['company_1'];
    $value1 = $form['submitted_tree']['company_1']['#options'][$key1];
    $key2 = $form_state['values']['submitted_tree']['company_2'];
    $value2 = $form['submitted_tree']['company_2']['#options'][$key2];

    if (($_page_num == 2) && ($value1 == $value2)) {

Could anyone help me to retrieve the actual text value displayed in select option chosen? I have tried $form_state as well, but it returns the same result.

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You can use the key to get the value by referencing the options array in the original form element:

$key = $form_state['values']['submitted_tree']['company_1'];
$value = $form['submitted_tree']['company_1']['#options'][$key];
  • Hi Clive, I tried this, but its still showing me '1' I have edited the qn, with the code I used. Kindly let me know if its fine.
    – iRiddler
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 22:19
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    What reported by Clive is the only way to get that value. If you are not getting a different string, probably the form field just used "1" as option value, and not array("1" => "String to show").
    – apaderno
    Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 21:52
  • note that the "submitted tree" is not a drupal standard, but reflects the structure of the op's form. For a flat form simply delete the ['submitted_tree'] bit and, of course, change ['company_1'] to your own element id. Commented Mar 29, 2014 at 5:05

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