October 07, 2003
Web applications and date entry

Simon Willison pointed out The coolest DHTML calendar widget, (demo here).

At work, we use a web application timesheet system (written in Notes, would you believe). You have to type the dates in yourself, which is irritating. There is absolutely no flexibility as to how you enter them, which is even more irritating. So, today is "07/10/2003". You cannot enter "07102003", and nor can you enter "7/10/2003", nor "07/10/03". You have to enter exactly "07/10/2003", or you'll get an irritating dialog box, detailing the acceptable date format, as soon as the date field looses focus. This drives me insane. We have got to use this widget, or something like it.

Mishoo has some other nice stuff on his site - the JS MenuBar (not free) and the Palm world time app are both worth a look.

Update: Our timesheet system is "functionally stable", i.e. no enhancements are being made, no matter how useful and trivial to implement. Sigh. I may have to get a petition up. I'm certainly not alone in being irritated by this.

Posted to Website construction by Simon Brunning at October 07, 2003 10:22 AM

ARRRRGGGGGGG! Functionally stable? In Lotus Notes? Don't make me laugh. And on top of that, Simon is utterly right. And believe me, saying so comes at quite a price to my soul.

While we're there we should do the Time widget too, which forces you to enter the time as "00:00:00", or "hh:mm:ss"; when did anyone ever need the seconds on a timesheet?

Posted by: Mark Matthews on October 7, 2003 11:03 AM

Very aggravating. especially as Steve seems to have some free time in which to fix it...

Posted by: Tracey on October 7, 2003 11:04 AM

We used to have to enter the date like that i.e. '07/10/2003' but recently that has been changed, we now have a nice calender popup!

Posted by: Mark Boyce on October 7, 2003 11:59 AM

If you wanted to be really cunning you could write a custom bookmarklet that lets you enter dates in a sane manner just for that page... ;)

BTW you appear to have stopped pinging blo.gs on September 9th.

Posted by: Simon Willison on October 7, 2003 01:14 PM

Hhmm. Never written a bookmarklet, but then, I've never had an incentive. Now I do - thanks, good idea!

I don't understand why I ever *did* ping blo.gs - it's not like I've ever heard of it!

Posted by: Simon on October 7, 2003 02:06 PM

It could have been that you used to ping www.weblogs.com, which blo.gs syndicates. http://blo.gs/ is great - it's the reason my blogroll shows the blogs I read ordered by the last time they were updated. The only problem is that if blogs stop pinging it I forget to read them because gthey stop popping to the top of my blogroll :/

Posted by: Simon Willison on October 8, 2003 03:27 PM

Ah, yes, that could be it. I'll have a look.

Posted by: Simon on October 8, 2003 03:29 PM

I much prefer this calendar widget: http://www.mattkruse.com/javascript/calendarpopup/

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