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Extensions to DateField to handle both approximate dates (e.g. "March 1963") and default year dates (e.g. assume "24th June" is this year)
django-date-extensions by Matthew Somerville This code adds a few small extensions to Django's DateField, to handle both approximate dates (e.g. "March 1963") and default year dates (e.g. assume "24th June" is the most recent such). example contains a hopefully self-contained Django project that simply shows off a form with these methods of entry. Approximate dates ================= A new object, ApproximateDate, is used to represent dates that might not have a month or a day. ApproximateDateField is the model field used to represent these objects in a Model, and ApproximateDateFormField is the field used in a Django form. Everything should work seamlessly simply by specifying a model field as ApproximateDateField rather than DateField. Default year dates ================== PrettyDateField is a form field to be used on DateField model fields. It takes one argument, future, which is a nullable boolean. If True, a date input that is missing a year will be taken to be the next possible occurrence of that date - e.g. on 24th November 2009, entering 24th December will be taken to be 2009-12-24, whilst entering 3rd March will be taken to be 2010-03-03. If future is False, the reverse occurs, with year-less dates being assumed to be the closest occurrence of that date in the past. If future is not set, then PrettyDateField acts the same as a DateField, only allows suffixes on ordinals, and assumes D/M/Y rather than M/D/Y. Todo ==== Improve date parsing to take more inputs like my traintimes.org.uk PHP, such as "next Friday". Any queries or comments, do get in touch. Something's probably broken, as I tried to tidy up the code a little for public release :) Matthew Somerville.