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From Scott Van Wart <>
Subject Re: Accepting multiple date masks with the "date" validator
Date Thu, 03 Aug 2006 16:09:00 GMT
Adam Gordon wrote:
> IIOC, the only way you can do this with the stock validator is to use "mask"
> rather than "date" as the validator.  Then, you can use a regex to dictate
> your mask.  I'll warn you though, if you use a regular expression it's going
> to be VERY long because it will also need to validate that the date entered
> is valid.  Additionally, the stock date validator accepts dates like 30 FEB
> YYYY and just rolls it to the appropriate March date.  Here's the REGEX we
> use (note that the regex is all on one line with no spaces:
> <var>
>   <var-name>mask</var-name>
> <var-value>^(((0?[1-9]|1[012])/(0?[1-9]|1\d|2[0-8])|(0?[13456789]|1[012])/(2
> 9|30)|(0?[13578]|1[02])/31)/(20)((0[6-9])|(10))|0?2/29/((20)(0[48])))$</var-
> value>
> </var>
> Alternatively, you can override the validate method in your ValidatorForm
> and do it yourself - which given your requirements, sounds like the easier
> of the two options.
Holy lipton that's nuts.  I think I'll see what's behind door number 3:

public void setDate( String date )
{ = translateDate( date ); // where translateDate inserts the 
slashes if necessary

So I can use the "date" validator with no problems, and when the client 
submits the form, they get back a slash-separated date in the input field.

Thanks for the help :)

- Scott

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