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  1. #1
    Michael Cole Guest

    UI for Selection of Date Portions...

    Would anyone have any thories as to what sort of nice UI I could implement
    for the following two situations...

    1. Selection of Day and Month where Year is irrelivant (eg, Start of
    Financial Year)
    2. Selection of Month and Year where Day is irrelivant (eg, Transaction
    Period)

    Some caveats:-
    The Date Picker always seems to include Day, Month & Year, so no good
    for these instances.
    I would prefer one control, rather than, say, seperate controls for
    Month entry then Year entry.
    I am currently using text box entry, but this doesn't look that
    impressive.

    Any suggestions?


    --
    Regards,

    Michael D. Cole
    Mercury Computer Systems
    <www.mercsys.com.au>



  2. #2
    Brad Siemens Guest

    Re: UI for Selection of Date Portions...

    Will the datepicker control work with a custom format?

    Brad

    "Michael Cole" <mc@mercsys.com.au> wrote in message
    news:3a1b5c98@news.devx.com...
    > Would anyone have any thories as to what sort of nice UI I could implement
    > for the following two situations...
    >
    > 1. Selection of Day and Month where Year is irrelivant (eg, Start of
    > Financial Year)
    > 2. Selection of Month and Year where Day is irrelivant (eg, Transaction
    > Period)
    >
    > Some caveats:-
    > The Date Picker always seems to include Day, Month & Year, so no good
    > for these instances.
    > I would prefer one control, rather than, say, seperate controls for
    > Month entry then Year entry.
    > I am currently using text box entry, but this doesn't look that
    > impressive.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    >
    > Michael D. Cole
    > Mercury Computer Systems
    > <www.mercsys.com.au>
    >
    >




  3. #3
    Jason Langston Guest

    Re: UI for Selection of Date Portions...

    Michael,
    comments inline :

    Michael Cole <mc@mercsys.com.au> wrote in message
    news:3a1b5c98@news.devx.com...
    > Would anyone have any thories as to what sort of nice UI I could implement
    > for the following two situations...
    >
    > 1. Selection of Day and Month where Year is irrelivant (eg, Start of
    > Financial Year)


    Hmmm...can't think of anything without seperate controls. A dropdown would
    have way too many entries! That and how do you handle things like Feb 29? If
    you're using it to set a start of financial year (or some other schedule
    start) I'd give a drop down for month, and an option group with radio
    buttons for some common options like first, fifteenth, last day, and
    radiobutton / textbox for user entry of day.

    > 2. Selection of Month and Year where Day is irrelivant (eg, Transaction
    > Period)


    I had a small accounting app I wrote where I needed this. In my case the the
    Mo/Year selection was for reports on specific transaction periods (months),
    so I looked up the oldest txn and the newest. I then populated a dropdown
    with all the month/year combo's between those two dates. The user could
    select month/year to print report on, and never had to worry about selecting
    invalid dates.

    HTH,
    Jason





  4. #4
    Michael Cole Guest

    Re: UI for Selection of Date Portions...

    "Jason Langston" <jason@DONTSPAMMEwirelesszone.com> wrote in message
    news:3a27f9a5@news.devx.com...
    > Michael,
    > comments inline :


    Thank you. Replies inline.

    > Michael Cole <mc@mercsys.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:3a1b5c98@news.devx.com...
    > > Would anyone have any thories as to what sort of nice UI I could

    implement
    > > for the following two situations...
    > >
    > > 1. Selection of Day and Month where Year is irrelivant (eg, Start of
    > > Financial Year)

    >
    > Hmmm...can't think of anything without seperate controls. A dropdown would
    > have way too many entries! That and how do you handle things like Feb 29?

    If
    > you're using it to set a start of financial year (or some other schedule
    > start) I'd give a drop down for month, and an option group with radio
    > buttons for some common options like first, fifteenth, last day, and
    > radiobutton / textbox for user entry of day.


    I do like the idea. I shall have a go at implementing it.

    > > 2. Selection of Month and Year where Day is irrelivant (eg, Transaction
    > > Period)

    >
    > I had a small accounting app I wrote where I needed this. In my case the

    the
    > Mo/Year selection was for reports on specific transaction periods

    (months),
    > so I looked up the oldest txn and the newest. I then populated a dropdown
    > with all the month/year combo's between those two dates. The user could
    > select month/year to print report on, and never had to worry about

    selecting
    > invalid dates.


    Already implemented this. Thanks for the confirmation.


    --
    Regards,

    Michael D. Cole
    Mercury Computer Systems
    <www.mercsys.com.au>





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