Form 'select' question

Hi, I'd like to make a select element in a form which has the names of
months for the user to select, but sends numeric values for each month
when the form is submitted.

At the moment I have something like this:

<%= select_tag(:month, options_for_select(%w{ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 },
@params[:month])) %>

But I'd like it to display the month names instead of the numbers. Any
ideas?

Thanks
Henry

Ok, I've figured out how to do that, so ignore that last message, but I
now have another harder problem! The calendar I'm using displays the
current month when the page is loaded and the month can be changed
using the select element. However I can't get the select element to
show the current month when the page loads. This is my controller code:

class CalendarController < ApplicationController

  before_filter :year, :month

  def index
    if @params[:month] == nil && (@params[:year]) == nil
      @params[:month] = @month
      @params[:year] = @year
    end
  end

  private

  def year
    @year = Time.now.year
  end

  def month
    @month = Time.now.month
  end

end

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
And my view template:

      <%=
        calendar(:year => @params[:year].to_i, :month =>
@params[:month].to_i, :first_day_of_week => 1) do |d|
          link_to d.mday, :action => 'day_detail', :id => d.mday
        end
      %>

      <%= form_tag(:action => :index) %>

        <%= select_tag(:month, options_for_select([["Jan", "1"], ["Feb",
"2"], ["Mar", "3"], ["Apr", "4"], ["May", "5"], ["Jun", "6"], ["Jul",
"7"], ["Aug", "8"], ["Sep", "9"], ["Oct", "10"], ["Nov", "11"], ["Dec",
"12"]], @params[:month])) %>
        <%= select_tag(:year, options_for_select(%w{ 2006 2007 },
@params[:year])) %>
        <%= submit_tag("Ok") %>

      <%= end_form_tag %>

      <%= @params[:year] %>
      <%= @params[:month] %>

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@params[:month] is set to the current month if there has been nothing
sent to it by the form. The calendar displays the correct month, as
does <%= @params[:month] %> at the bottom. Why does my select list not
showw the correct month?

Thanks

Have you thought about using one of the Rails built in functions?

http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionView/Helpers/DateHelper.html#M000469