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Userforms date validation not working

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7 September 2010 at 2:30am (Last edited: 7 September 2010 2:35am), Community Member, 2 Posts


I've been having a slight problem validating date picker fields with userforms.

If I create a date field and default it to today’s day it will be displayed in the format "6 Sep 2010" When this is submitted it validates.

If I then use the date picker to choose a different date it will be displayed in the format "09/07/2010" the page will be submitted and pass the javascript validation but you'll be redirected back to the form with an error message displayed: "Please enter a valid date format (d MMM yyyy)"

I've had a look through the source code and can’t find where this validation is done or where the default date output is created, Could anyone point me in the right direction.

On another note, I also can’t find the code that creates the javascript output; I’d like to change some of the validation rules there too.

I've put a test form up so any of you can take a look at

I've also posted my template's which isn’t particularly complicated file at

Thanks in advance


7 September 2010 at 3:17am Community Member, 2 Posts

I've found the solution to the first problem.

Changing line 51 of userforms/code/editor/EditableDateField.php from

$('input[name^=EditableDateField]').attr('autocomplete', 'off').datepicker();   


$('input[name^=EditableDateField]').attr('autocomplete', 'off').datepicker({dateFormat: 'd M yy'});   

Makes the date picker output the date in the same format as the current date.

Now just to find out where the rest of the javascript comes from.


22 June 2011 at 3:42am Community Member, 218 Posts

isn't this just managed by the locale you set in config?
it worked for me anyway... i added this:
// Set the site locale


1 November 2011 at 1:48am Community Member, 267 Posts

I have a simulair problem, when you click on the datePicker, you get the date, but the validation says it's not correct/filled in.

I've downloaded the latest version from gitHub today.. but the validation is going wrong.

It displays the date as 31 Oct 2011 for instance.

i've set the site to dutch in the config
setlocale(LC_ALL, 'nl_NL');

Any idea how to fix this?


2 November 2011 at 6:57am (Last edited: 2 November 2011 6:57am), Community Member, 218 Posts

first thing to check, the time/date settings for your user account under the security tab!


24 October 2012 at 3:17pm (Last edited: 24 October 2012 4:17pm), Community Member, 19 Posts

I'm having the same issue borriej.
I've check my date/time setting - all on Default. No difference, I still get a validation error that the field is empty when it clearly is not..

Anyone else have any ideas?

It seems that it only breaks if you create a DateField, make it required. Save it. And then change it back to being not required.
I deleted the instance of DateField that was being problematic, and added it again, and all seems to be working as expected.

Should a bug like this be reported?


27 November 2012 at 4:40am Community Member, 1 Post

We are experiencing the same issue with our sites. When we add 'required' to a date field suddenly the locale set to en_US when the system is setup for en_GB.


If we find a solution we'll post.


1 December 2012 at 5:52am Community Member, 470 Posts

Report it and see what Will has to say since it seems others have it too?

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