Feature Request: Add improved DateTime field

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    Masalamedia
    Asked on February 08, 2013 at 01:13 PM

    Jot form has a DATE field/control (mysteriously labelled as "Birthday Picker" which seems odd since there are so many needs for date input other than birthdays). Why isn't there a TIME field?

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    abajan
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 01:37 PM

    You're quite right that there ought to be a time (only) field but there are workarounds. While the birthdate picker has no time section, the date/time field (shown below) does and it's date section can be either hidden via injected CSS or (if the the forms full source is embedded in a web page) removed via a script or via the somewhat more tedious route of manually removing it. It all depends on your requirements and preferences. If you would like assistance in implementing any of the solutions in a specific form, we'd be happy to oblige.

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    Masalamedia
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 01:46 PM

    Thanks, I'll use that date/time control instead. I had avoided it previously because aesthetically isn't the most attractive.

    For the record, what my client asked for (but isn't do-able with JF) is a field where you click into a box (like a JF text field) and an attractive calendar pops out. See

    http://kayak.com

    for a state-of-the-art example. Would sure be nice to see something more up-to-date with JF.

    Thanks again for the tip.

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    Mike_T
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 02:31 PM

    Some users may want to put their date manually, so the calendar picker tool is optional on the DateTime field (it is not initiated on by the field click).

    Would you like us to create a feature request ticket about adding other styles to this calendar picker tool?

    Thank you.

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    Masalamedia
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM

    The calendar picker tool is great to have. Essential in fact. Nice to know it can be enabled/disabled.

    You'll notice the Kyak.com example I provided earlier - like every other travel and airline site where the user experience is date-focused - uses much less space since it puts the data into one field control rather than three. That would be a very good option since space is usually a concern.

    Other feature requests would be

    - option to display one, two, or three months at once.

    - a color-neutral calendar or multiple themes to select amongst. The blue/orange version you currently offer will clash , or at least be incongruous, with some (many?) website themes. 

    - Options to display dates in non-USA format (03-JUN-2013 for example). 75% of my clients are overseas and 4/3/2013 is subject to service-busting interpretation/confusion, for example.

    - I like how UAL.com puts the month and year in a drop-down menu above the calendar. This is more idiot-proof than the > and >> text prompts on JF calendar.

    - date output to Google spreadsheets needs to be more flexible... either as a concantenated field in a selected format, or as three fields for more granular data management.

    There are plenty of nice calendars fields out there, any of which would be a big step up from the Windows95'y version JF currently sports. 

    kayak.com
    aa.com
    orbitz.com
    expedia.com
    vayama.com

    Good luck~

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    Mike_T
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 03:28 PM

    Thank you for your ideas. I have created a feature request about improvements on our DateTime field.

    The calendar picker tool is great to have. Essential in fact. Nice to know it can be enabled/disabled.

    I am sorry for misunderstanding. You can not disable it via form builder, but you can inject a little custom CSS to hide it.

    [id$='pick'] {
    display:none;
    }

    - Options to display dates in non-USA format (03-JUN-2013 for example). 75% of my clients are overseas and 4/3/2013 is subject to service-busting interpretation/confusion, for example. 

    This is actually possible with our DateTime. You can change the Date Format.

    We will update this thread once we have any news on this feature request.

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    Masalamedia
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 03:46 PM

    Hi: thanks for pointing out the MMDDYYY vs DDMMYYYY picker. But that's exactly the point of confusion. If all I can do is present 3/6/2013 or 6/3/2013 then there is ample opportunity to confuse march 6 and june 3 when dealing with a combination of clients and customers who may be in the US or not.

    We need other date formats, such as the one I suggested (03-JUN-2013) that are universally undersetood and subject to NO misunderstanding.

    I deal with this problem every day with my travel-industry clients and it drives them/me bonkers.

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    Mike_T
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 04:06 PM

    We have sub labels to avoid such confusion.

    However, your point is completely clear. I am going to add a note to the feature request ticket.

    Thank you.

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    abajan
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM

    @Masalamedia

    Every element in our calendar pop-up can be styled via injected CSS. If you provide the color codes for each section, I can give you the rules necessary to effect the desired changes. Alternatively, if you would prefer to inject your own CSS, please see this thread. It should however be borne in mind that the version of the JotForm style sheet to which I referred there (http://max.jotfor.ms/min/g=formCss?3.0.2410) is a bit outdated and some of the rules which target the calendar may have since been changed. Please check this version instead.

    If you need clarification on anything, please let us know.

    Thanks.

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    aytekin
    Answered on March 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Update: Time (only) field is now released!