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Im in need of a simple date + time mask for an asp.net textbox.

It should behave the following way.

When the textbox is empty and when a user clicks in the box they should
get a format of m/dd/yyyy 0:00:00 PM.

Then the user should be able to insert the chars over the mask like when the insert is pressed on the keyboard.

Im willing to forgo the validation of correct month, day, year and time inputs.  Just the mask should suffice.  Javascript is ok also.
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Question by:hougie40
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 1500 total points
ID: 39820526
If you can use jquery there are some plug ins that make this easy.  

http://igorescobar.github.io/jQuery-Mask-Plugin/
http://digitalbush.com/projects/masked-input-plugin/

When the field is empty you can use the place holder tag.  <input name="date" placeholder ="m/dd/yyyy 0:00:00 PM">
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 39820532
Without any masking try

<input id="date" placeholder="mm/dd/yyyy 0:00:00 AM/PM." />
<script>
var field2focus,isDate = /^(0[1-9]|1[012])[/](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[/][0-9]{4}(\s((0[1-9]|1[012])\:([0-5][0-9])((\s)|(\:([0-5][0-9])\s))([AM|PM|]{2,2})))?$/

function testDate() {
  if (isDate.test(this.value)) return true;
  alert("Please enter a valid date");
  field2focus = this;
  setTimeout(function() { field2focus.focus()},50);
}
var test = document.createElement('input'),
phSupported = 'placeholder' in test;

window.onload=function() {
  var dateField = document.getElementById("date");
  if (!phSupported) { // IE<10 for example
    if (dateField.value==dateField.defaultValue) dateField.value=dateField.getAttribute("placeholder");
    dateField.onfocus=function() {if (this.value==this.defaultValue) this.value=''" }
    dateField.onblur=function() {if (this.value=="") this.value=this.defaultValue; testDate(this)}
  }
  else dateField.onblur=testDate;
}

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by:hougie40
ID: 39820797
To both comments above.  I do not believe the placeholder property exists for asp.net textbox controls.
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Expert Comment

by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 39820807
It is not an ASP thing, it is an HTML5 thing. So Chrome, FX, Safari and IE10 supports it
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by:hougie40
ID: 39820875
But correct me if Im wrong i would need to replace my server control which has existed long before this requirement to add a mask to it and stores data in sql server via asp.net with an html5 input control?  That would pose other issues.  Like re-creating my insert logic to my datalayer class for the new input control.

<asp:TextBox runat="server" ID="txtTime"></asp:TextBox>

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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 39820984
Just replace my previous window.onload with the following (keeping the other functions there)

window.onload=function() {
  var dateField = document.getElementById("txtTime");
  dateField.setAttribute("placeholder","mm/dd/yyyy 0:00:00 AM/PM.");
  if (!phSupported) { // IE<10 for example
    if (dateField.value==dateField.defaultValue) dateField.value=dateField.getAttribute("placeholder");
    dateField.onfocus=function() {if (this.value==this.defaultValue) this.value=''" }
    dateField.onblur=function() {if (this.value=="") this.value=this.defaultValue; testDate(this)}
  }
  else dateField.onblur=testDate;
}

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by:hougie40
ID: 39821175
Currently I have 3 errors in the script.  

1st one is "unterminated string constant"
1st err
2nd one is "syntax error"
err 2
3rd one is "expected }"
3rd err
errors
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by:Michel Plungjan
ID: 39821743
Ok I try again

Leftover quote here

this.value=''" <<<


var field2focus,isDate = /^(0[1-9]|1[012])[/](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[/][0-9]{4}(\s((0[1-9]|1[012])\:([0-5][0-9])((\s)|(\:([0-5][0-9])\s))([AM|PM|]{2,2})))?$/

function testDate() {
  if (isDate.test(this.value)) return true;
  alert("Please enter a valid date");
  field2focus = this;
  setTimeout(function() { field2focus.focus()},50);
}
var test = document.createElement('input'),
phSupported = 'placeholder' in test;


window.onload=function() {
  var dateField = document.getElementById("txtTime");
  dateField.setAttribute("placeholder","mm/dd/yyyy 0:00:00 AM/PM.");
  if (!phSupported) { // IE<10 for example
    if (dateField.value==dateField.defaultValue) {
      dateField.value=dateField.getAttribute("placeholder");
     }
    dateField.onfocus=function() {if (this.value==this.defaultValue) this.value="" }
    dateField.onblur=function() {if (this.value=="") this.value=this.defaultValue; testDate(this)}
  }
  else dateField.onblur=testDate;
}

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by:hougie40
ID: 39822003
As I stated earlier the validation is not the important part.  The users I have are pretty responsible.  Its the MASK I really need.  But this code did not create a placeholder mask.

__/__/_____ 0:00:00 PM
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by:hougie40
ID: 39822404
One of the issues I have is that this is an ascx user control and the only way ive been able to get jquery to behave at all is if I stick it at the bottom of the page and put it inside of a <div runat = server>

So it makes referencing controls more difficult.  I have not been able to get this to work.  The mask doesnt work on the page at all even just using the date.

code
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by:hougie40
ID: 39883931
Thanks
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