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html_options for rails select tag

I had a select tag that I wanted to mess with a little to apply some styles etc. to. The select tag has an html_options hash and I was trying to use that. My initial attempt was

select('history', 'sel', history_list, html_options => {:class => 'historyselect'}) WRONG

This is not python, and even though the rails docs setout the syntax as:

select(object, method, choices, options = {}, html_options = {})

ruby can not accept keyword arguments. Only positional, so you have to do:

select('history', 'sel', history_list, {}, {:class => 'historyselect'})

The empty braces signify the empty 'options' argument, and the next set of braces signify the html_options hash


  1. Thanks very helpful , was having the exact same problem.

  2. How would I use link_to html_options to use the strong html attribute??

  3. Thanks a lot! This helped very much. :)

  4. Rails is beginning to irritate me.

  5. irritating ... yes.
    Thanks KG for posting. Very helpful.


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