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I have a form with two date fields: startdate & enddate.  The dates are selected using a javascript popup calendar so I'm not worried about the format but I need to validate three things:

1. Both fields must be completed.
2. Dates cannot be in the past.
3. The enddate cannot be before the startdate.

The dates are in the following format: %d-%b-%Y (16-Nov-2007)
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by:samalraj
ID: 20297128
hi,
    check this link it may help you
http://www.ozzu.com/ftopic46552.html

Regards,
Amal
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 20297263
<form onSubmit="return validate(this)">
<script>
function validate(theForm) {
  var startDateString = theForm.startdate.value;
  if (startDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in start date');
    theForm.startDate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var endDateString = theForm.enddate.value;
  if (endDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in end date');
    theForm.endDate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var startDate = new Date(Date.parse(startDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')));
  var endDate = new Date(Date.parse(endDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')));
  var today = new Date();
  if (startDate < today) {
    alert('Start date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (endDate < today) {
    alert('End date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (startDate > endDate) {
    alert('Start date cannot be greater than end date');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  return true
}  
</script>

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Michel Plungjan earned 2000 total points
ID: 20297320
Sorry... A few case issues and a resetting of hours, minutes and seconds were needed
<script>
function validate(theForm) {
  var startDateString = theForm.startdate.value;
  if (startDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in start date');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var endDateString = theForm.enddate.value;
  if (endDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in end date');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var startDate = new Date(Date.parse(startDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')))
  var endDate = new Date(Date.parse(endDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')))
  var today = new Date();
  today.setHours(0,0,0,0)
  if (startDate < today) {
    alert('Start date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (endDate < today) {
    alert('End date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (startDate > endDate) {
    alert('Start date cannot be greater than end date');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  return true
}  
</script>
<form onSubmit="return validate(this)">
<input type="text" name="startdate" value="15-Nov-2007"><br>
<input type="text" name="enddate" value="14-Nov-2007"><br>
<input type="submit">
</form>

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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 20297331
@samalraj none of the examples in that page dealt with DD mmm YYYY formats
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by:newjeep19
ID: 34249061
How can you change the code above to were the enddate can not be greater than 6 months 180 days from the startdate?
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 34249237
Something like this
<script>
function validate(theForm) {
  var startDateString = theForm.startdate.value;
  if (startDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in start date');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var endDateString = theForm.enddate.value;
  if (endDateString=="") {
    alert('Please fill in end date');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  var startDate = new Date(Date.parse(startDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')))
  var endDate = new Date(Date.parse(endDateString.replace(/-/g,' ')))
  var today = new Date();
  today.setHours(0,0,0,0)
  if (startDate < today) {
    alert('Start date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (endDate < today) {
    alert('End date cannot be in the past');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  if (startDate > endDate) {
    alert('Start date cannot be greater than end date');
    theForm.startdate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  today.setMonth(today.getMonth()+6);
  if (endDate > today) {
    alert('End date cannot be greater than 6 months from now');
    theForm.enddate.focus();
    return false;
  }
  return true
}  
</script>
<form onSubmit="return validate(this)">
<input type="text" name="startdate" value="1-Dec-2010"><br>
<input type="text" name="enddate" value="14-Dec-2010"><br>
<input type="submit">
</form>

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by:newjeep19
ID: 34249770
OK I am trying to use this with my current form
my  asp.net code:
<asp:TextBox ID="startdate" runat="server"></asp:TextBox><br/>
                                                     <h5 style="font-family: Arial; text-align: left;">End Date:</h5>
                                                     <asp:TextBox ID="enddate" runat="server"></asp:TextBox><br />
                                                     <input type="submit"/>
I get this error when running your javascript code:
Microsoft JScript runtime error: 'startdate.value' is null or not an object
Microsoft JScript runtime error: 'enddate.value' is null or not an object
Microsoft JScript runtime error: 'undefined' is null or not an object (show's 2x's)
How can I take your validator (that works great and plug it into my Asp.Net code
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 34249903
Please ask that in the asp zone
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Expert Comment

by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 34250259
You likely need enddate.ClientID or something
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