Date

The date field stores a date. Internally, the stored value for all date/time fields is a timestamp which equals the number of seconds elapsed from January 1, 1970 to the time specified, which for a date field is 12:00 AM on the day specified. Outwardly, though, it appears as a calendar date. The display of this field is affected by Timezone and Locale settings.

How to Create

  1. Click the to add a field in your form.
  2. Choose “New Field”
  3. Select the table you wish to add the field to. Most of the time, this will be the current table you are on, called the current context.
  4. Select a field name and click “Choose Type”.
  5. Choose “Date” from the list of field types.
  6. You can continue adding fields or click the “Select” button to finish adding.

Features

Field features can be edited by clicking on the orange field icon when the presentation layer is displayed.

Field Label

Grid Appearance

Tooltip

Field Format

Block Association

Default Value

Validation

Audit History

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Output Formats

The date Field has 25 different output formats. The following are examples of output when 09/09/2009 is stored in a date Field:

  • Full Field - 09/09/2009
  • WX Stored Value - 1252468800 (The number of seconds from January 1, 1970 to the 12:00 AM of the stored day)
  • AM/PM Lowercase - am (Since 12:00 AM is actually the time that's stored)
  • AM/PM Uppercase - AM
  • Day of the Month - 9
  • Day of the Month Suffix - th (For use in expressions such as 'The 9th of September, 2009')
  • Day of the Month With Leading Zero - 09
  • Day of the Week - Wednesday
  • Day of the Week Abbreviated - Wed
  • Day of the Week Number - 3 (The number that Wednesday takes as a day of the week, with Monday as 1)
  • Day of the Year - 252
  • Hour - 12
  • Hour 24 - 0
  • Hour 24 With Leading Zero - 00
  • Hour With Leading Zero - 12
  • Minute - 0
  • Month Name - September
  • Month Name Abbreviated - Sep
  • Month - 9
  • Month With Leading Zero - 09
  • Second - 0 (This return type is only useful when NOW() or a literal number is set to a Date and Time field through actions).
  • Timestamp - 1252468800 (Same as WX Stored Value)
  • Week of the Year - 37 (Returns the sequential number of the week in which the time falls)
  • Year 4 Digit - 2009
  • Year 2 Digit - 09

Acceptable inputs

Though a date is stored internally as a number, when interacting with the Field on a page, you must input a date through the calendar flyout.

The Calendar Flyout

Setting the date is done by clicking on the date part of the Field and clicking on a day from the calendar flyout which will appear.

  • Navigating between months is done by using the <Prev and Next> links or by using the month drop-down for selecting the month explicitly.
  • The year can be selected by using the year drop-down.
  • The Today link in the midde of the top of the calendar flyout selects the current day.
  • The Clear link in the bottom left corner of the calendar flyout clears the currently selected day and closes the calendar flyout
  • The Close link in the bottom right corner closes the calendar flyout.
  • Clicking a day's symbol (Su, Mo, etc) near the top of the flyout reorganizes the calendar with that day as the first day of the week.

Setting With Actions

When setting the Date field through actions, two different input formats may be used. As with other field types, the stored value from another Date field may be used to save into a Date field. Since the stored value for these fields is a timestamp, any timestamp value may also be used to save into a Date field (may be calculated from an expression or extracted from a Date & Time or Time field).

In addition to this, the text output of the Date field (e.g. 04/23/1985) may also be used to save into the Date field. Because of this, you may also construct such a text string and use it to save into the Date field. For instance, if I wanted to set a Date field with a date seven days after the date saved in a different Date field, I could use the arithmetic function to add 7 to the Day of the Month output, and set the mm/dd/yyyy format into the target field.

Ex. Suppose you have a Date field called Task Date and another Date field called Callback Date on an item called Task and you needed to set the callback date to exactly one week after the Task Date. To do this, you could set the expression ${Task - Task Date (Month)}/+=(${Task - Task Date (Day of the Month)}+7)/${Task - Task Date (Year 4 Digit)} into the Callback Date field.

Filters

The date field can be filtered with any of the time-type filters.

Internationalization and Browser Settings

Date and Time settings should change automatically in non-US countries. For more information, read the Regionalization Field Settings page, or if you need to change your settings manually to simulate being in another country, try out these settings.

field type - date.txt · Last modified: 2016/09/14 14:19 (external edit)
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