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Drupal: jQuery UI Datepicker "setDate" issue

Published by dnovikov on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:55

A lot of posts across the Web tell about issues with applying "setDate" function in jQuery UI Datepicker. In Drupal environment it is especially bad because you can't modify (or don't want to modify) source code used for datepicker instances initialisation. Here is a helper function which can save you from madness in some cases:

function datepickerFieldInit(el) {
  // If we don't apply .datepicker with 'setDate' option
  // we won't be able to change date with further calls to 'setDate' method
  // 'dateFormat' is also neccessary here for unknown reasons
    setDate: 'c',
    dateFormat: 'dd/mm/yy'
  $(el).datepicker('setDate', $(el).val());

You can use this function as following:

$('your-link').click( function() {
   $('your-input-field').datepicker('setDate', 'c-1m');
   return false;

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