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fix: support date formats with translated strings #4000

ravinderk opened this issue Feb 15, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Feb 15, 2019

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User Story

As a site admin for sites with a default format of j F Y (many European users), I want to be able to add and change the date on donations.

ref: impress-org/give-manual-donations#141

Current Behavior

When you try to update the date on the resulting donation it will only save as today's date.

Expected Behavior

I expect to be able to update the donation date with the correct historical date.

Bug Type

  • This bug describes functionality that once worked as expected in version X.X.X.
  • This bug describes functionality that never worked as expected.
  • I am not sure whether this functionality ever worked as expected.

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Set language to (fr_FR)
  2. Change the date format at Settings > General to j F Y
  3. Attempt to create a donation (any date will replicate the problem)
  4. On the resulting donation, attempt to change the date
  5. It won't work.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Donations updated that date format work as expected
  • The fix does not affect donations added in other date formats

@ravinderk ravinderk self-assigned this Feb 15, 2019

@kevinwhoffman kevinwhoffman changed the title fix: support the j F Y date format #141 fix: support date formats with translated strings Feb 15, 2019


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commented Feb 15, 2019

@ravinderk I think the cause of the issue needs clarified. As I discovered in the related WPBR issue, the problem is not so much the j F Y format but rather the presence of a translated string in the date.

I am copying my explanation here for reference:

The j. F Y format worked fine as a custom format with English (United States) site language. However I was able to replicate the error once I changed the site language to Deutsch.

The cause of the error is not any specific format, but rather any format that includes translated words as opposed to numbers. For example, I replicated the error on a Deutch site using both j. F Y and F j, Y formats, whereas m/d/Y worked fine because it did not include a translated word like Oktober.

Also updating the issue title for clarity.


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commented Feb 17, 2019

@kevinwhoffman I found that we are using datepicker in the following places:

  1. Donor listing page
  2. Donation listing page
  3. Form listing page
  4. Donation detail page
  5. Export page
  6. Export donation history page
  7. Addon:
    1. Gift Aid: There is very less chance that gift aid Datepicker will break because currently, it is working fine with existing UK installs.
    2. Recurring

@kevinwhoffman Fix can affect third party code if they are expecting a date in WordPress format.

I am planning to update JS code to automatically convert give_datepicker input field to text and hidden element. let me know what do you think. By this way, the issue may be fixed automatically on a few places.

DevinWalker added a commit that referenced this issue Feb 20, 2019

Merge pull request #4005 from impress-org/issue/4000
fix: support date formats with translated strings #4000
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