Yes, I know... it's been asked 100 times already. :)
I'm just wondering two things:
1) why you can't use the conditional function on the Category drop down
2) why can't you create a drop down of your own with the category ID in the "value" area and have that work?
#1 I sort of understand... since categories are dynamic, or at least different per-site, you can't really have it create a list of "if then" functions.
But that seems like #2 should work fine then because you would enter the categories in manually, just like any other drop down list.
However, when I try that — entering in category names, and then the ID # in the "value" field — it doesn't work. When I look at the code generated it looks exactly the same as the code generated by the category drop down...
Here's the custom drop down code generated...
<div class="ginput_container"> <select id="input_1_18" class="medium gfield_select" tabindex="3" name="input_18"> <option value="53">Health</option> <option value="22">Food</option> <option value="54">Kids</option> </select> </div>
And here's the code generated by the category drop down...
<select id="input_1_7" class="medium gfield_select" tabindex="5" name="input_7"> <option selected="selected" value="-1">Select a category</option> <option value="53">Health</option> <option value="22">Food</option> <option value="54">Kids</option> </select>
... but it's not assigning them to categories. So, obviously, there must be something in the JQuery, or PHP, or somewhere that causes the "submit" to submit those things differently.
Seems like it should be easy — for "you" at least — to make it so that you can enter in category ID #s into the "value" area and have it submit them.
Is it something you can help me with?
The amount of categories and sub-categories that we have are way too many to have people just select from one drop down. But if we could get the conditional stuff working with them (either way... #1, or #2...) then that would work!