[OpenAjaxIDE] date formatting

Scott Richards scrichar at adobe.com
Wed Aug 19 14:59:53 PDT 2009

I think a lightweight solution that supports a very small set of legacy formats would be all we need.  Sounds like Steve's 40+ lines of DateFormat code could handle this.

I like a simple approach of adding an additional formatString="" attribute or maybe call it formatPattern that enables you to format in the value that is replaced using the @@variableName@@ notation in either the <javascript> or <content> sections.  Here is an example.

<property datatype="date" format="date" formatString="YYYY-MM-DD" />


     YYYY = four-digit year

     MM   = two-digit month (01=January, etc.)

     DD   = two-digit day of month (01 through 31)

     hh   = two digits of hour (00 through 23) (am/pm NOT allowed)

     mm   = two digits of minute (00 through 59)

     ss   = two digits of second (00 through 59)

The formats from YUI Calendar takes Javascript Date Object or a string formatted as "mm/yyyy" and "mm/dd/yyyy".  The selected property can only be specified with a string not a Javascript date object and it does not support ISO 8601 format.  See this link


Here is an example of how we could support YUI Calendar date strings using formatString.

var cal1 = new YAHOO.widget.Calendar("cal1",


                                       { pagedate:"5/2007",

                                         selected:"5/5/2007-5/27/2007" });

This would look like the following in the oam.xml file:


var cal1 = new YAHOO.widget.Calendar("cal1",


                                       { pagedate:"@@pageDate@@",

                                         selected:"@@selectDateStart@@-@@selectDateEnd@@" });

<property name="pageDate" datatype="date" format="date" formatString="MM/YYYY" />
<property name=" selectDateStart" datatype="date" format="date" formatString="MM/DD/YYYY" />
<property name=" selectDateEnd" datatype="date" format="date" formatString="MM/DD/YYYY" />

Not sure if we should support dropping out leading 0's, do we need to support this?  We could do with just M or D. But the YUI calendar works specifying dates with or without leading 0's. So this may be unnecessary.

Here is the link for jQuery Date formats.  They support multiple formats including iso 8601.  So with  could support it as follows:


Here are some examples from jQuery

$('.selector').datepicker({ appendText: '(YYYY-MM-DD)' });

Here is what this would like in the oam.xml file:

$('.selector').datepicker({ appendText: '(@@appendText@@)' });

<property name="appendText" datatype="date" format="date" formatString=" YYYY-MM-DD" />

From: ide-bounces at openajax.org [mailto:ide-bounces at openajax.org] On Behalf Of Steve Repetti
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:39 PM
To: 'Jon Ferraiolo'; ide at openajax.org
Subject: Re: [OpenAjaxIDE] date formatting


Just wanted to remind you that the 40+/- lines of code from my dateFormat() function would handle your example as follows:

dateFormat( "MM/YYYY" )
dateFormat( "MM/DD/YYYY" )
dateFormat( "MM/DD" )
the above renders the current date in the desired formats. Alternatively, you could specify have specified a specific date as the first parameter.

Please note, that dateFormat( ) has very little internationalization other than inherited from JS, but again if you are interested I would be happy to dinate the code base.

Steve Repetti

From: ide-bounces at openajax.org [mailto:ide-bounces at openajax.org] On Behalf Of Jon Ferraiolo
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 3:25 PM
To: ide at openajax.org
Subject: [OpenAjaxIDE] date formatting

I want to make sure I understand the use case for date formatting.

One of the target scenarios mentioned during yesterday's phone call was the YUI calendar widget:

* http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/calendar/

which takes a few parameters (pagedate, selected, mindate, maxdate) which are expected to look like:


Am I understanding the YUI documentation correctly?

I believe the target workflow is that an IDE (e.g., Dreamweaver) recognizes that a particular property is a date (e.g., due to format="date") and posts a date picker widget, and after the user picks a date, then the IDE needs to format the date value into a format that is compatible with what the widget's constructor expects. Correct?

Kin or Scott: do you have an OAM file for the YUI date picker widget? I would like to see how the OAM file is set up, particularly how the data parameters are set up, and what aspects of the OAM file are a mismatch with YUI.

Below I have copied an OAM file that I found on the Dreamweaver extensions site for a YUI tooltip widget. If the OAM file for the YUI calendar widget uses similar approaches (e.g., <javascript location="afterContent">), then it seems to me that the transformation of the date value into MM/DD/YYYY format would be easy to do via JavaScript that is included with the logic in the <javascript> element.



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<widget xmlns:dw="http://ns.adobe.com/dreamweaver"
name="YUI Tooltip"

<author name="Yahoo! Inc." />

<javascript location="afterContent">
(function() {
var cn = document.body.className.toString();
if (cn.indexOf('yui-skin-sam') == -1) {
document.body.className += " yui-skin-sam";

var @@yuitooltip@@ = new YAHOO.widget.Tooltip("@@yuitooltip@@",
text:"You are hovering over the Lorem Ipsum paragraph."

<p><em>Hover over the Lorem Ipsum paragraph to see the tooltip.</em></p>
<p id="@@contextid@@">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Fusce egestas fringilla mi. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Maecenas ac felis. Cras ligula odio, tincidunt ac, suscipit et, vehicula a, neque. Nullam id nunc. Suspendisse tristique augue tempus elit. Fusce hendrerit viverra nibh. Fusce a diam non lectus tempus euismod. Duis sed purus at metus molestie adipiscing. Aenean orci odio, rutrum sed, gravida a, pellentesque vel, augue. Ut est purus, ullamcorper eu, facilisis ac, adipiscing at, lectus. Integer erat. Nunc eleifend consequat sem. Donec orci dolor, adipiscing vitae, ultrices a, venenatis et, mi. Proin semper accumsan metus. Integer sollicitudin, tortor eu egestas pulvinar, augue dui elementum lectus, ac pretium tortor lacus vel tortor. Morbi placerat. Nulla facilisi.

<require type="css" src="../YUI/2.6.0/build/fonts/fonts-min.css" includeRef="true" dw:shared="true"/>
<require type="css" src="../YUI/2.6.0/build/container/assets/skins/sam/container.css" includeRef="true" dw:shared="true"/>
<require type="javascript" src="../YUI/2.6.0/build/yahoo-dom-event/yahoo-dom-event.js" includeRef="true" dw:shared="true"/>
<require type="javascript" src="../YUI/2.6.0/build/container/container-min.js" includeRef="true" dw:shared="true"/>

<category name="YUI"/>

<property name="yuitooltip" default="yuitooltip" datatype="string" format="id"/>
<property name="contextid" default="contextid" datatype="string" format="id"/>

<p>The Tooltip Control is analogous to popup tooltips within common operating systems. The standard tooltip interaction pattern involves a small overlay that is displayed when the mouse hovers over a context element for a specified amount of time. Tooltip is designed to be simple to implement with easily-accessed configuration options and visual styling handled entirely via CSS.</p>
<p>The Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library is a set of components, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. The YUI Library also includes several core CSS resources. All components in the YUI Library are available under the BSD license and are free for all uses. More information is available at: http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/ .</p>

<dw:help dw:src="http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/container/">Yahoo Widget Tooltip Help</dw:help>


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