The Calendar control initially appears to be like the native Calendar control provided
with ASP.NET. But it goes in a new direction: client-side operation. The calendar
that gives the user a faster, more interactive experience. It also means that you
don’t require a post back just to select a date or change the month. Calendar can
be included in your data entry forms and only post back when the user submits the
form. That's just the start. Here are the features of this control.
The extensive feature list is shown below. Test the features yourself in the Demos provided.
This highly customizable control has well over 200 properties.
- Style sheet driven – Most elements, whether they are days in the month,
controls, or areas of the calendar, have unique style sheet names. With so many
names, setup is made very easy by a supplied style sheet file which the control
uses by default. You simply edit the style sheet file and the appearance quickly
changes, all without editing a single property.
You can also replace the graphic buttons.
The default calendar.
The same calendar with alternative style sheet classes and different buttons.
- There are three ways to move to another month. The classic movement is by one month.
You can add additional movement commands to jump by a number of months of your choosing,
such as a year. Plus the user can popup the MonthYearPicker, a control that quickly
gets you to any month in any year.
Click on the down arrow to the right of the year to see the MonthYearPicker.
- You can show commands such as Select Today, Clear the calendar, and show the month
with the selection in the footer. The footer can display of the selected date.
- Include a column of week numbers.
Command buttons and week numbers.
- Show multiple months. You can add up to 6 rows and columns of months.
- There is a context menu available from a right click or an optional Help button
shown in the header.
These features require a license covering Peter's Interactive Pages module.
Right click to see the context menu.
- Use the
SpecialDates control to
customize individual dates and make them unselectable. This very powerful tool can
turn an ordinary calendar into a fancy schedule.
- On Internet Explorer, users can use their keyboards to select commands and move
the selected date around.
- Days can optionally highlight with a different border and/or font color when the
mouse passes over them.
- On Internet Explorer, there are two animations: when changing months, it rotates
or swaps calendars. When opening or closing any popup, the control fades in and
- Supports Databinding your date value to the control.
- Impose date range limits so the user is compelled to enter a date within the range.
Dates outside the range are unselectable. The MonthYearPicker and the month movement
buttons all respect these limits.
- All Peter's Date and Time controls use the System.Globalization.CultureInfo object
to determine the extact format. So they are fully localizable.
- Optionally post back when the user changes the selection or the month viewed.
- ASP.NET 2.0 users can optionally use callbacks (AJAX type requests) to update the
contents of the date cells when the month view changes.
- Can update another control through a client side script that you provide or even
a simple ID to the other field, if that field is a Label or TextBox.
- Can be used as a popup when you select the PopupCalendar control.
The ASP.NET markup for this demo:
<des:Calendar ID="Calendar9" runat="server"
MultiMonthColumnCount="2" DayNameFormat="FirstTwoLetters" >
<MonthYearPicker Format="FewYears" />
<TodayCommand ShowField="FooterRow1" RegionInRow="Right" />
<ClearCommand ShowField="FooterRow1" RegionInRow="Right" />
<ShowSelectionCommand ShowField="FooterRow1" RegionInRow="Right" />
<CurrentDateLabel ShowField="FooterRow1" RegionInRow="Center" />