Docmosis allows you to control how dates and times are displayed in the finished document.
For example: the raw data may have a date like: 21-03-16.
Using the built-in function formatDate the date can be formatted so that it looks like this: Monday - March 21, 2016.
It is best to view the TEMPLATE and OUTPUT files side-by-side to understand the formatting that has been applied.
The function formatDate has up to three parameters:
dateFormat ( value [, outputFormat [, inputFormat] ])
The value is the Date/Time to be formatted.
The other two are the format strings, enclosed in single quotes.
The format strings are used to tell Docmosis
1) inputFormat - How to decode the value that is passed in.
2) outputFormat - How to display the value once it is decoded.
Here is an example of a format string: 'dd-MMMM-yyyy'.
The format strings are optional. If they are not provided - Docmosis will use the default settings.
Some characters in the string are obvious:
dd - for a two digit day
yyyy - for a four digit year.
Other combinations are not so obvious:
MM - is the Month in numeric form.
MMM - is the Month abbreviated to the first three letters.
MMMM - is the Month as a full word.
mm - is for minutes.
EEEE - the day expressed as a word.
EEE - the day abbreviated to the first three letters.
hh - is for hours in 12 hour notation.
HH - is for hours in 24 hour notation.
aa - is for AM/PM.
You will find the complete list in the Docmosis Template Guide.