One of my fields is a channel in a select dropdown. Can I add option groups in

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  <optgroup label="Swedish Cars">
    <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
    <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <optgroup label="German Cars">
    <option value="mercedes">Mercedes</option>
    <option value="audi">Audi</option>

Not with the native select drop down, no. But, you can do it with the select field from Pixel & Tonic's Field Pack add-on. See the docs for details.

  • caveat: channel in a select dropdown (e.g. i'm guessing the option: Populate the menu from another channel field)
    – GDmac
    Mar 28 '14 at 8:29

If you mean the option groups in combination with: Populate the menu from another channel field, then you would need to modify and customise a fieldtype. Something that makes a dropdown from a table, and modify the fieldtype to make option groups based on category, tags or whatever.

Some starting points to build a custom fieldtype of:

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