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Using the date picker for client side date validation

Last Modified: 2012-05-12
My website currently has 3 drop down for date: a Month, a Day and a Year drop downs. It's looking like to simply add client side validation wil be easiest if I use the jQuery UI Date Picker as a background validator.

I need to check date like 2/30/2000 and tell the user it's an invalid date. I have the folowing validation code that's working:

            onClose: function (dateText, inst) {
                if (dateText != $.datepicker.formatDate($.datepicker.regional[''].dateFormat, new Date(dateText))) {
                    alert("The date you specified is not a valid date.");
                    setTimeout(function () { $("DOB").focus(); }, 250);

How can I use this as a background validation test? I'd need to re-write it as a stand-alone JavaScript function, right?

How would I make the click event for the button succeed when the date is valid, yet fail and abort the submission when it's a bad date?

Please explain how I'd show the error message.

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