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Dates

As a rule of thumb, always pass dates to Smarty as timestamps. This allows template designers to use the date_format modifier for full control over date formatting, and also makes it easy to compare dates if necessary.

Teladan 18-4. Using date_format

{$startDate|date_format}

This will output:

Jan 4, 2009
{$startDate|date_format:"%Y/%m/%d"}

This will output:

2009/01/04

Dates can be compared in the template by timestamps with:

{if $order_date < $invoice_date}
   ...do something..
{/if}

When using {html_select_date} in a template, the programmer will most likely want to convert the output from the form back into timestamp format. Here is a function to help you with that.

Teladan 18-5. Converting form date elements back to a timestamp

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See also {html_select_date}, {html_select_time}, date_format and $smarty.now,

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