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Have form that when clicked needs to have calendar date picker

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Need a ColdFusion solution.

 I have a form used for scheduling.  The end user needs to pick a beginning date and end date.  My goal is to do something like any of the travel sites do for those fields.  For instance orbitz.com.  When you click on the "leave" or "return" fields a small square window with a calendar pops up.  When the date is selected it's submitted with the rest of the form.  

I can't attach a code snippet as I have no idea how to do this.  

Thanks for your help!


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there are literally hundreds of available solutions for this. just googling "lavascript popup calendar" will bring many good solutions.
if you are on cf8, it has one built in if you use <cfinput type="datefiled">. however, i find that one quiet a bit limited and not easily customized. but it works.

the one i love best and use most is the jQuery UI datepicker:
http://docs.jquery.com/UI/Datepicker for general info
http://ui.jquery.com/repository/latest/demos/functional/#ui.datepicker for an excellent demo and code samples

in its most simple form all you need is:
1) download jqeury js library from http://docs.jquery.com/Downloading_jQuery
2) download jQuery UI library from http://ui.jquery.com/,
or just the datepicker (that's all you really need from the UI library) from http://marcgrabanski.com/pages/code/jquery-ui-datepicker
3) add
<script src="path/to/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="path/to/ui.datepicker.js"><script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="path/to/ui.datepicker.css" type="text/css" />
<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
  $("#id_of_your_date_form_field").datepicker();
});
</script>

that's it.

the demos and examples page i mentioned above will show you how to customize it in any which way you want.

hth
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