Date with two digit Year converted to 20th Century Date by JavaScript Date() function.

Hi folks.  I have an Asp.Net MVC 4 app with a date field with a JQueryUI datepicker function.  The datepicker is set to format the data as MM/dd/yy by the JQuery function.
$("#WorkOrder_WODateCreated").datepicker("option", "dateFormat", "mm/dd/yy");

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This is fine as long as the user uses the Date picker or manually types in '05/05/2013'  However, I had a user type in 05/05/20.  The in the change event handler, the JavaScript date function was used like this:
var createDate = new Date($("#WorkOrder_WODateCreated").val());

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When stepping through the code it was found that createDate was set for "Wed May 5 00:00:00 EDT 1920

 Then when this code was run:
var startDate = new Date(Date.parse($("#WorkOrder_WODateCreated").val()));
                startDate.setMonth(startDate.getMonth() + 6);
                var formatedDate = $.datepicker.formatDate('mm/dd/yy', startDate);

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The Estimated award Date was set to 11/5/1920.
 However when the data from the fields was submitted to an Ajax call to save the data the data in the CreateDate field was returned as "5/5/2020" but the Estimated Award Date stayed 11/5/1920.

What this seems to tell me is that JavaScript rules for converting a date with a two digit year are different than those of C#.

So I am interested in JavaScripts rules for setting century when presented with two digit dates, how they differ from C# and how can I get around these rules to force the conversion to be to a 21th Century date for a two digit date.

I tried changing to the datepicker assignment by adding the option yearRange like so
$(function () { $("#WorkOrder_WODateCreated").datepicker({ changeMonth: true, changeYear: true, yearRange: "2000:2100" }); });

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But this did not help.

I tried searching the web but the search criteria seem to bring back every thing except for the conversion rules for converting two digit years in JavaScript.  Any ideas would be helpful.
Edward JoellAsked:
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Imran Javed ZiaConsultant Software Engineer - .NET ArchitectCommented:
JavaScript considers 00 to 99 as 1900 to 1999 at least in Mozilla, please refer to following documentations:

best you can do is to make a custom date parser for this.

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Hi Edward, you are correct in your thinking.  The Javascript mechanism for getting the year portion of the date, historically, has been time.getYear.  
The getYear() method returns the year minus 1900; thus:

    For years greater than or equal to 2000, the value returned by getYear() is 100 or greater. For example, if the year is 2026, getYear() returns 126.
    For years between and including 1900 and 1999, the value returned by getYear() is between 0 and 99. For example, if the year is 1976, getYear() returns 76.
    For years less than 1900, the value returned by getYear() is less than 0. For example, if the year is 1800, getYear() returns -100.

The reference goes on to say that you should use getFullYear() instead of getYear().

In the past I would set the year by using something like:
var createDate = new Date($("#WorkOrder_WODateCreated").val());
if (createDate.getYear() >= 100 || createDate.getYear() < 0) {
	createDate.setFullYear(1900 + createDate.getYear())
} else {
	createDate.setFullYear(2000 + createDate.getYear())

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But this now presents a problem as when the calendar rolls from 2099 to 2100 this script will break (not to mention that at some point getYear will be removed completely from the Javascript reference).

I would alleviate this issue by not allowing a two digit entry for the year to begin with.  But thats just me.

Edward JoellAuthor Commented:
Per first reply from Experts Exchange this link says

Integer value representing the year. Values from 0 to 99 map to the years 1900 to 1999. See the example below.

So it occurs to me that I don't care about the two digit year in the field in which it is inputted; It only matters when that value is being used to automatically set a different date field in JavaScript, because when the two digit year gets to C# it is properly set to a 21st century date.  

Like when Estimated award date is automatically set to CreateDate plus 6 months on Change.

But Create Date is correctly converted by the AJAX data submission function to 21st century dates. The only issue is the setting of Estimated award date.

So I did this;
                startDate.setMonth(startDate.getMonth() + 6);
                var yr2000 = new Date("1/1/2000");
                if (startDate < yr2000) {
                    startDate.setFullYear(startDate.getFullYear() + 100)
                var formatedDate = $.datepicker.formatDate('mm/dd/yy', startDate);

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So any date less than 1/1/200 will be updated to the 21st century.  Since we are only migrating data from 2011 up then there had better be no create dates or dates sent to NavSup of less than 1/1/2000.
Edward JoellAuthor Commented:
Its only a B because I had to resort to a work-around.
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