Calendar form field type
|In Joomla! 1.5, form fields were parameters. For that version, you may want to use the corresponding Calendar parameter type.|
The calendar form field type provides a text box for entry of a date. An icon next to the text box provides a link to a pop-up calendar, which can also be used to enter the date value. If the field has a saved value this is shown in the text box. Otherwise the default value, if any, is displayed.
- type (mandatory) must be calendar.
- name (mandatory) is the unique name of the field.
- label (mandatory) (translatable) is the descriptive title of the field.
- default (optional) is the default date. This must be given in the same format as specified by the format argument.
- description (optional) (translatable) is text that will be shown as a tooltip when the user moves the mouse over the text box.
- class (optional) is a CSS class name for the HTML form field. If omitted this will default to 'inputbox'.
- format (optional) is the date format to be used. This is in the format used by PHP to specify date string formats (see below). If no format argument is given, '%Y-%m-%d' is assumed (giving dates like '2008-04-16').
Example XML field definition:
<field name="mycalendar" type="calendar" default="5-10-2008" label="Select a date" description="" format="%d-%m-%Y" />
The format attribute specifies the format that the date string will be saved in. It is also the format that manually entered dates need to be enterered in; except that the punctuation character is ignored. The coding scheme used to specify date formats is the same as the PHP date string format, full details of which can be found on http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php. The following are some of the most frequently used date string codes:
|d||Day of the month, 2 digits with leading zeros||01 to 31|
|D||A textual representation of a day, three letters||Mon through Sun|
|j||Day of the month without leading zeros||1 to 31|
|l||A full textual representation of the day of the week||Monday through Sunday|
|N||ISO-8601 numeric representation of the day of the week (only supported on servers running PHP 5.1.0 or later)||1 (for Monday) through 7 (for Sunday)|
|S||English ordinal suffix for the day of the month, 2 characters||st, nd, rd or th. Works well with j|
|w||Numeric representation of the day of the week||0 (for Sunday) through 6 (for Saturday)|
|z||The day of the year (starting from 0)||0 through 365|
|W||ISO-8601 week number of year, weeks starting on Monday||42 (42nd week in the year)|
|F||A full textual representation of a month||January through December|
|m||Numeric representation of a month, with leading zeros||01 through 12|
|M||A short textual representation of a month, three letters||Jan through Dec|
|n||Numeric representation of a month, without leading zeros||1 through 12|
|t||Number of days in the given month||28 through 31|
|o||ISO-8601 year number. Same value as Y except that if the ISO week number (W) belongs to the previous or next year, that year is used instead (only supported on servers running PHP 5.1.0 or later)||1999 or 2003|
|Y||A full numeric representation of a year, 4 digits||1999 or 2003|
|y||A two-digit representation of a year||99 or 03|
|a||Lowercase Ante Meridiem or Post Meridiem||am or pm|
|A||Uppercase Ante Meridiem or Post Meridiem||AM or PM|
Note: The format in which dates are stored in the params.ini file is that specified by the format argument. Since there can be language-dependent elements to this format (for example, the '%F' specifier), you need to be careful not to use such elements if there is a possibility that the front-end and back-end languages may be different.
Note: The calendar form field type does not support non-Gregorian calendars. If you need to support non-Gregorian calendars then you will need to create a custom form field type to support your calendar.