Displaying 'ticked' check boxes

I need to display check boxes as 'ticked' in my edit function where
there is a corresponding value for them in the database.

In my new function a user can select between 1 and 4 tick boxes and I
need these ticked check boxes displayed back to them when they go in to
the edit function for that database item.

Most appreciated if anyone out there can help please?

Here's the code from the new function that sets up the database fields
from the check boxes - so I just need to display these as 'ticked' in my
edit function.

<td nowrap><font size=“2” color="#9E0B0E">Agreement Type &nbsp <a
href=“javascript:openNewWindow(‘http://security/transfers/transfer_help.htm’)”><img
src=“http://security/transfers/images/info.jpg” width=“10” height=“10”
border=“0”></a></td>
<td colspan=“2” nowrap><font size=“2”>
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_1]” value=“Y”>Contract
&nbsp &nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_2]” value=“Y”>Data
Transfer Agreement &nbsp &nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_3]” value=“Y”>Data
Destruction Agreement&nbsp &nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_4]”
value=“Y”>Non-Disclosure Agreement&nbsp &nbsp
</td>
</tr>

Currently my edit function is as below but I'm missing the bit to get
the boxes ticked.

<tr>
<td nowrap><font size=“2” color="#9E0B0E">Agreement Type &nbsp <a
href=“javascript:openNewWindow(‘http://security/transfers/transfer_help.htm’)”><img
src=“http://security/transfers/images/info.jpg” width=“10” height=“10”
border=“0”></a></td>
<td colspan=“2” nowrap><font size=“2”>
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_1]” value=value="<%=
@transfers.agreement_1 if @transfers.agreement_1 %>">Contract &nbsp
&nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_2]” value=value="<%=
@transfers.agreement_2 %>"">Data Transfer Agreement &nbsp &nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_3]” value=“value=”<%=
@transfers.agreement_3 %>"">Data Destruction Agreement&nbsp &nbsp
<input type=“checkbox” name=“transfer[agreement_4]” value=“value=”<%=
@transfers.agreement_4%>"">Non-Disclosure Agreement&nbsp &nbsp
</td>
</tr>

Hi Helen,
Had a bit of trouble reading the last section.
To check a checkbox, you have to say:
<input type=“checkbox” … checked=“checked” />
The “value” attribute can be whatever you set it, but maybe use the rails default which is 0 and 1 for not-ticked and ticked respectively. Bear in mind that the html spec says that if you don’t tick the box, it won’t get sent back to the server so other things being equal, your server won’t get to see 0.

You should read http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionView/Helpers/FormHelper.html as a starting point for what rails can do to help you build forms and in particular check out the ‘check_box’ function which employs a little hack to get round the html spec so that you do see ‘0’.

Ideally, you want something a little like this:
<% form_for :transfer do |f| %>

<%= f.checkbox ‘agreement_1’ %>

<% end %>
I’m assuming you have a @transfer model or object which is created in your controller action with an ‘agreement_1’ method that returns a boolean or something like that.

You can of course create the checkbox manually, but you’ll need to write code to test the boolean and insert the checked attribute/value pair into your tag:
<%
checked=""i
checked = %{checked=“checked”} if agreement_1

%>
<input … <%=checked%> />