View Full Version : Problem with Date() in IE (but not FF)

06-03-2009, 05:28 PM
I know there're plenty of ways to get around this, but having come up empty after googling for solutions I was curious if anyone is familiar with this issue.

After fetching a timestamp via sql, I return to javascript to do the formatting. Actually, I was first doing a bit of formatting in php to change from yyyy mm dd hh:mm (as saved in db) to mm dd yyyy hh:mm as I found the 1st not to work with the Date() function in FF.

Consider the following...

var date_from_server = "06 03 2009 01:37";
var jsDate = Date(date_from_server);

In FF jsDate is "Thu Jun 03 1909 01:37:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)".

In IE7 jsDate is NaN.

I've tried a few different formats. Does IE7,s Date() function not allow an arg at all or only of a certain format? I was surprised to not find a bunch of google results for the issue as is usually the case when solving cross browser problems.

Philip M
06-03-2009, 08:10 PM
In IE6 I get:-

Wed Jun 03 19:08:40 2009

Why does FF say that June 3 is a Thursday and the year 1909??

06-03-2009, 08:15 PM
Date.fromISO= function(s){
var i= 0, A= s.split(/\D+/);
if(!A[i]) A[i]= 0;
else A[i]= parseInt(A[i], 10);
return new Date(Date.UTC(A[0], A[1], A[2], A[3], A[4], A[5]));
var s='2009-06-01 07:48:45';
var s2= Date.fromISO(s);
alert('ISO= '+s+'\nlocal Date returned:\n'+s2);

06-03-2009, 08:32 PM
>Why does FF say that June 3 is a Thursday and the year 1909??
Oops, sorry. I was spitting out a bunch of debugging lines and copied the wrong one.

>Date.fromISO= function(s){
Thanks! My next step was to "manually" parse, but as far as what's goin' on with IE, is it just another IE non-W3C standard deal? Actually, in looking at the W3C doc I don't recall anything about an arg for Date().

Who knows. Thanks again for the code. Now on to bigger and juicier bugs...