user macro to format date

Hi all,

I would like to make a user macro, which does a similar thing to the date formatting used with tasks.

User macro with the bodytext (or a parameter) as a date (

If the date is in the past, the formatting shall be changed to red.

Is this possible with a simple user macro?

Thx for any help.

Reto E.

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Davin Studer Community Champion Jun 30, 2014

This is super hacky but it works. Maybe there is a better way to handle dates with velocity, but I've had a devil of a time finding it.

## Developed by: Davin Studer
## Date created: 7/1/2014

## @param Date:title=Date|type=date|desc=Date to start from. Format: dd/mm/YYYY

#set ($len = 0)
#set ($i = 0)
#set ($parts = $paramDate.split("/"))
#set ($today = $action.dateFormatter.getCalendar())

## Having trouble finding out the length/size of $parts ... brute force it
#foreach ($part in $parts)
    #set ($len = $len + 1)

#if ($len == 3)
    ## Buiding date variable from parameter string ... can't seem to find a better way to do it with velocity
    #foreach ($part in $parts)
        #if ($i == 0)
            #set ($day = $generalUtil.convertToInteger("$part"))
        #elseif ($i == 1)
            #set ($month = $generalUtil.convertToInteger("$part"))
            #set ($month = $month - 1)
            #set ($year = $generalUtil.convertToInteger("$part"))

        #set ($i = $i + 1)

    #set ($cal = $action.dateFormatter.getCalendar())
    $cal.set($year, $month, $day, 0, 0, 0)

    ## Compare enetered date to today
    #if($today.timeInMillis > $cal.timeInMillis)
        <span style="color: #FF0000">$paramDate</span>
    bad date

Thx Devin.

I'm new to velocity in confluence. And couldn't find a way to convert a string into a date to work with. Espacially because confluence has a param-type date, but it is treated as a normal string ...

Your 'hack' works for now.

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