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Dates and Military time validation needed

Westside2004 asked
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

I have two fields with dates and times in the format:

03/20/2006 16:07 (military times)

I need to ensure the following

That field 1 cannot be more than one day earlier than field 2.

How can I do this using JavaScript?


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Where elem1 is the id of the first date/time field and and elem2 is the id of second date/time field. Should return true if the difference between the two dates is greater than a day by even a couple minutes.

function showDateDiff(elem1, elem2)
     var d1 = new Date(Date.parse(document.getElementById(elem1).value));
     var d2 = new Date(Date.parse(document.getElementById(elem2).value));
     var diff = (d1-d2)/86400000;

     if (Math.abs(diff) > 1) alert("true");
IT Expert
Top Expert 2009
No need to date.parse that string: javascript:alert(new Date('03/20/2006 16:07'))
also it was earlier, not different. Also why use the id, when all fields must have names and can be passed to the function as objects?

function showDateDiff(strDate1,strDate2) {
  var d1 = new Date(strDate1); // assuming the string is a valid date
  var d2 = new Date(strDate2);
  return (d2-d1);

function validate(theForm) {
  if (showDateDiff(theForm.date1.value,theForm.date2.value) > aDay) {
    alert('Date 1 is more than 24 hours earlier than Date 2');
    return false
 return true
<form onSubmit="return validate(this)">
<input type="text" name="date1" value="03/20/2006 16:07">
<input type="text" name="date2" value="03/21/2006 16:08">
<input type="submit">


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I think this would be simpler:

var d1= //field1
var d2= //field2

var temp = new Date(d1);
if(temp>d2) return false;
Michel PlungjanIT Expert
Top Expert 2009

Yes it would - if you made a date of d2 too.

More way to skin a cat:

aDay = 86400000;
function isMoreThanADay(strDate1,strDate2) {
  var d1 = new Date(strDate1).getTime();
  var d2 = new Date(strDate2).getTime();
  return (d2-d1)>aDay
function validate(theForm) {
  if (isMoreThanADay(theForm.date1.value,theForm.date2.value) ) {
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