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Update multiple Shiny inputs without knowing input type

Shiny allows you to update an input element only if you know the type of input. Furthermore, Shiny only allows you to update input elements one by one. This Shiny app shows how you can update an input only using its ID and without knowing its type, and how to update multiple inputs together.

First, the Shiny input builder functions are wrapped by a custom function that adds the input type information to the input's HTML. Then whenever you want to update an input only based on its ID, we can use JavaScript to determine the type of input, report it back to Shiny, and then call the correct update function. This is done with a call to updateShinyInput(session, "inputid", "new value"). You can also use updateShinyInputs(list(...)) to update many inputs together in one call.