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  • Default Date in Search Field

    I have a simple grid with a Search section. There are only three options in the search section. (Date, ID No., and Location.)

    I would like the Date field to default to the current system date, with the user having the ability to change it if need be.

    Is this possible?
    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department
    Maryland

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    Re: Default Date in Search Field

    If you set the search field date to a calendar control type, then the displayed calendar will default to the system date and the user can still change it.

    Alternatively, you can set the control type to TextBox and enable the date picker. The date displayed is the system date.
    Last edited by Jeff Benson; 07-04-2006, 10:59 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Default Date in Search Field

      Here's a 3rd method:

      Assuming your component is named "testme_acd" and the date field you want to include in the search is named "DATE".

      Set the DATE Control type to TEXTBOX.
      Unselect DATE PICKER.
      Enable Free Form Layout for the DATE field.
      Enter the line below for the Freeform Template:

      <input id="testme_acd_S_date" name="testme_acd_S_date" value="<%a5 ?date() %>">
      Last edited by Jeff Benson; 07-04-2006, 11:46 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Default Date in Search Field

        Originally posted by Jeff Benson
        If you set the search field date to a calendar control type, then the displayed calendar will default to the system date and the user can still change it.

        Alternatively, you can set the control type to TextBox and enable the date picker. The date displayed is the system date.

        Hi Jeff,

        I already use your second option (TextBox with Date Picker) but it does not place the current date in the text box. The date is not filled until the user clicks on "Today" or another date. Likewise, setting the control to "Calendar" really does the same thing. Again, no auto-fill untill the user chooses the date manually.

        I want it so that once the page is brought up, the user can simply hit the "Submit" button, and the form will search the current date.

        I haven't tried option #3 yet, as in this particular case I do not want to use freeform layout.

        I wonder if some kind of expression in the text box would cause the current data to be automatically inserted?
        Sergeant Richard Hartnett
        Hyattsville City Police Department
        Maryland

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        • #5
          Re: Default Date in Search Field

          When I set the control type to calendar, the calendar displays in-line right after the label and the date is set to today and the user doesn't have to select anything except other search criteria (if any).



          If you set the control type to calendar and select free-form layout AND use the code from option 3 I gave you earlier, you'll get this result: (I don't think it matters if control type is calendar or textbox, but this 3rd method is the only way I know to get the value in there).

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          • #6
            Re: Solution to start with a default date

            Here is a solution to start with a default date and using the date picker
            Change the field to a freeform template and enter this code
            Note; “V.R1.SPCSERV_DATE” is the field name in this example


            Code:
            <input id="V.R1.SPCSERV_DATE"  size="10" maxlength="10"  class="WinXP2Input" type="text" name="V.R1.SPCSERV_DATE" value="<%a5 ?date() %>" /><a onclick="load_date_picker('V.R1.SPCSERV_DATE',document.getElementById('V.R1.SPCSERV_DATE').value, NewRequ_SPCSERV_DATE_DateSet)"><img src="css/CalendarIcons/Calendar2.png" border="0" /></a>
            Last edited by Daniel Weiss; 07-13-2006, 11:18 AM.
            Daniel Weiss
            EZ Link Software

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            • #7
              Re: Default Date in Search Field

              Dan where do I put the code?
              Sergeant Richard Hartnett
              Hyattsville City Police Department
              Maryland

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              • #8
                Re: Default Date in Search Field

                Set the control type to “Textbox”
                Check the “Date Picker”
                Save it and view the HTML of the grid
                Find the date control and copy this section to your clipboard , start from “<input id=” to “</a>, (see code below)

                Code:
                <input id="V.R1.SERV_DATE"  size="10" maxlength="10"  class="WinXP2Input" type="text" name="V.R1.SERV_DATE" value="" /><a onclick="load_date_picker('V.R1.SERV_DATE',document.getElementById('V.R1.SERV_DATE').value, NewRequ2_SERV_DATE_DateSet)"><img src="css/CalendarIcons/Calendar2.png" border="0" /></a>
                Now put a check in the “Freeform layout” checkbox and paste your clipboard to the “Freeform template”
                Change
                Code:
                “value=""
                to
                Code:
                value="<%a5 ?date() %>"
                Save it
                Daniel Weiss
                EZ Link Software

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