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    <h1>jscalendar release notes</h1>

    <p>This release compiled at Monday,  7 Mar 2005 (19:06).</p>



        Added support for multiple dates selection.  In this mode the
        calendar will allow the user to select more than one date, and
        will maintain an array of selected dates that can be
        investigated from your custom handlers.  Sample in <a

        Support for “day info”.  Using this feature you can display
        custom information for certain dates.  Sample in <a
        href="dayinfo.html">dayinfo.html</a>.  Note that if the text
        is really big the calendar layout might appear somehow broken;
        this is something that should be easy to fix in the CSS file.

        Clicking on “Today” will now close the calendar if the current
        date is already selected.

        The “first day of week” setting can now be defined in the
        language file--after all, it is locale-specific.  The new
        parameter is “Calendar._FD”.  Language files should be
        updated, but the calendar will not complain nor fail to
        function if the parameter is not present.

        Some fixes to make the thing work in Safari.  It now seems to
        be properly supported, please let me know if you encounter any

        New skin: Aqua theme, appropriate for MacOSX fan sites :-)
        This theme is located in “skins/aqua/theme.css” (in the
        future, all themes will go to this directory).

        <b>Bug fixes.</b>
            Keyboard operation now functions normally when the
            calendar is displaying days from adjacent months; it might
            even work correctly for months containing disabled dates
            :).  This fix was originally developed under contract for
            Zapatec Calendar</a>.  Zapatec kindly allowed us to
            include the bugfixes back in the open source calendar.
            Fixed the time selection bug: the previous version would
            reset the time to current time when a new date was
            Parsing hours like "12:XX pm" would wrongfully replace
            "pm" with "am"--fixed.
            Fixed critical bugs in parseDate function that would
            initialize the calendar with 'NaN' values in all cells if
            the string to be parsed is not a valid date.
            The golbal variable that we are using was renamed to
            “_dynarch_popupCalendar” to minimize the risk of name
            clashes.  It's still difficult to get rid of it.
            Added z-index property to drop-down menus style.
            The calendar will update an input field even in flat mode,
            if an input field was passed.  Also, the “showOthers”
            parameter will be effective in both popup and flat mode.
            Others, probably.

        Documentation &amp; sample files updated.




        "Smart" (TM :-) positioning algorithm.  The new algorithm will
        try to keep the calendar in the browser view, which is helpful
        in situations when the input field is near the bottom or the
        right edge.  This code is only tested with IE and Mozilla, but
        it should work with other browsers too.  Many thanks to <a
        href="http://www.ex3.com">Sunny Chowdhury</a> for sponsoring
        this feature!

        Support for IE5/Win is back.  I also want to thank Janusz
        Piwowarski for keeping his eye on the CVS ;-) He reviewed my
        IE5-related changes and sent me a much cleaner patch.

        The calendar will now allow any day of week to be "the first
        day of week".  This was requested long time ago, by someone
        whose name I forgot (sorry).  The reason was that in certain
        countries weeks start on Saturday.  So I thought that instead
        of having a "mondayFirst" and a "saturdayFirst" parameter,
        :-), it's better to have a "firstDayOfWeek" parameter; now
        it's present and its meaning is: "0 for Sunday", "1 for
        Monday", "2 for Tuesday", etc.  The equivalent parameter for
        Calendar.setup is "firstDay".  The end user can also change
        it very easy: click on the day name in the calendar display.

        The above feature triggered one <b>important change</b>: the
        notion of "weekend" is now defined in the language file.
        Added parameters:

          Calendar._TT["WEEKEND"] = "0,6";
          Calendar._TT["DAY_FIRST"] = "Display %s first";</pre>

        "WEEKEND" specifies a string with comma-separated numbers from
        0 to 7; they define what days are marked as "weekend".  5 and
        6 mean, of course, "Sunday" and "Saturday".  Day first is the
        tooltip displayed when a day name is hovered; "%s" will get
        replaced with the day name.  Updated languages are "en" and
        "ro", which I maintain.  Please note that languages wich are
        not updated <b>will not work</b>.  If yours is one of them,
        please consider fixing it and sending me the fix so that I can
        include it in the distro.

        The calendar can now display days from the months adjacent to
        the currently displayed one.  This is optional, of course, and
        the parameter name is "showsOtherMonths" (or "showOthers" in
        Calendar.setup).  All theme files were updated.

        Displays "Time:" near the time selector, only if defined in
        the language file.

        Some bugs fixed in the date parsing code (which has also been
        rewritten a little bit cleaner).

        Calendar.setup will now configure the calendar to trigger the
        input fields' "onchange" event, if specified, when a date is

        New parameter in Calendar.setup: "cache" (<b>defaults to
        false</b>).  If set to true then the popup calendar object
        will be "cached", meaning, it will be created only once, no
        matter how many input fields are there in the page.  Sometimes
        this is not desirable, which is why I've added this
        parameter.  Please note that it defaults to "false" (thus the
        default behavior has changed).

        Added a simple PHP wrapper.  It provides code which loads all
        the required scripts and theme file, and one function which
        creates and configures an input field for date input.  It
        takes care of creating and assigning unique ID-s for the
        calendar fields and it also creates the "Calendar.setup" code.
        Functions to create more specialized fields can be added very
        easily.  This feature was requested by the FreeMED.org project
        (thanks for donating!).


    <p>Wow, there were quite some changes :-D  Enjoy it!</p>


      This release's primary goal is to fix a wrong license statement which
      can be found in some files from 0.9.4.  For instance in README or
      calendar.js, the statement was that the code is distributed under the
      GNU GPL; that's because I had plans to change the license, then
      changed my mind but unfortunately I committed files so.  I am sorry
      for this inconvenience, please use the latest (0.9.5) release which is
      fully covered by LGPL.

    <p>Other changes:</p>


        <b>Fixed</b> an annoying bug that prevented the calendar to display
	correctly when it was configured for an input field inside a
	<b>scrolling area</b>.  <b>Many thanks</b> to Ian Barrack (<a
	href="http://www.simban.com">Simban.com</a>) who pointed it up and
	donated quite some money for the Calendar project!

        All examples use UTF-8 now; the translations may not be all
        up-to-date, but I <strong>strongly</strong> suggest everyone to use
        UTF-8; other encodings are a plain mess.  So far I know for sure
        that Romanian translation will work with UTF-8 and <em>not
        anymore</em> with ISO-8859-2.  Other translations are probably
        usable under UTF-8, but if your preferred language isn't... ;-)
        please make it and send it to me for inclusion.

        Fixed small bug in the documentation (one footnote didn't appear
        where it should have).

        Updated translations: DE, ES, HU, IT, RO.  Thanks to everyone who
        sent translations!



    <h3>New stuff</h3>


      <li>Supports time selection.  Yes. ;-) This work has been largely
        sponsored by <strong>Himanshukumar Shah</strong> (thank you!).  See
        the docs and example files for details on how to setup.</li>

      <li>Easy to link 2 or more fields by using the new
        <code>onUpdate</code> parameter of <code>Calendar.setup</code>.  This
        is useful, say, to automatically set a value in a second field based
        on the value selected in the first field.  See the documentation and
        first sample in <a href="simple-1.html">simple-1.html</a>.</li>

      <li>Other <code>Calendar.setup</code> low-level parameters, for those
        wanting to have the complete control: <code>onSelect</code> and
        <code>onClose</code>.  The handlers are called when something is
        selected in the calendar or when the calendar is closed.</li>

      <li>The translation files can optionally include the short day names
        and the short month names.  That's because in some languages, like
        German, the short form is not the first 3 letters of the entire name
        but only the first 2.  Also in other languages short names can't be
        as easily derived from the full name by just calling substr, so this
        patch solves the problem.</li>

      <li>Implemented a nice way to make some dates "special" (look
        different).  Specifically, the <code>setDisabledHandler</code> method
        was replaced with the more general <code>setDateStatusHandler</code>
        method (the old one is still available for backwards compatibility but
        <em>will</em> be removed).  More details about this in the
        documentation.  Also see <a href="simple-3.html">simple-3.html</a>
        for a live sample.</li>

      <li>Date parsing and formatting engine is now rewritten and supports a
        subset of <code>strftime</code> format specifiers from ANSI C.  This
        makes it possible to use dates like "YYYYMMDD" (the corresponding
        format for this would be "%Y%m%d").  Details in the documentation.
        <b>Please note that the new engine is not compatibile with older
          calendar releases!</b></li>

      <li>Along with the new date parser I workarounded an unpleasant crash
        that occurred in IE when certain accented characters appeared in the
        texts.  I think German was one of the language with such problems, and
        the workaround was to use the letter without an accent.  Well, now you
        can translate to whatever you want.</li>

      <li>"Fixes" (I mean, "horrible workarounds") for Konqueror (and
        hopefully Safari).  Unfortunately, this otherwise excellent browser
        still has some bugs that keep the calendar from working
        <em>exactly</em> as it should..  But they're going to be fixed,
        right? ;-)</li>

      <li>CSS themes got pretty much modified too so if you wrote your theme
        you need to update it.  Aside for the time selector support, the CSS
        themes contain a simple hack that makes the navigation buttons show
        a little arrow in the lower-right corner which indicates that if one
        holds the mouse a menu will appear.</li>


    <h3>Translation files</h3>

    <p>The translation files need to be updated in order for the calendar to
      work properly.  Currently the only updated files are calendar-en.js
      (main file) and calendar-ro.js (well, yes, I am a Romanian ;-).</p>

    <p>Specifically, they need the following:</p>


      <li>Correct date format, according with the new format specifiers
        introduced in 0.9.4.  Details about the available format specifiers
        in the documentation</li>

      <li>Short day or month names, <em>if required</em>.  If they can be
        derived by taking the first N letters of the full name then a simple
        Calendar._SDN_len = N or Calendar._SMN_len = N will suffice.  If N
        is 3 then nothing needs to be done as we take it for granted if no
        other option is offered ;-)</li>

      <li>We have some new texts that shows short usage information as well
        as copyright information.</li>


    <p>If your favorite language is not there yet, or it is but not updated
      according to the main calendar-en.js file, then please consider
      translating calendar-en.js and send the translation back to me so that
      I include it in the official distribution.</p>

    <h3>Bug status</h3>

    <p>Check <a
      I didn't keep track.  However, there were a lot of bugfixes.</p>


    <h3>New stuff</h3>


      <li>Opera&nbsp;7 compatibility &mdash; keyboard navigation is
        still not available; text selection can't be disabled, leading to an
        ugly effect when walking through the month/year menus.</li>

      <li>Ability to align the calendar relative to the input field (or any
        other element).  Vertical: top, center, bottom.  Horizontal: left,
        center, right.  This is established as a new parameter for

      <li>Added <tt>dateClicked</tt> property (boolean).  This can be
        inspected in the "onSelect" handler to determine if a date was
        really clicked or the user only changed month/year using the menus.
        You <em>need</em> to check this for "single-click" calendars and
        only close/hide the calendar if it's <tt>true</tt>.</li>

      <li>Full documentation in <a href="doc/html/reference.html">HTML</a>
        and <a href="doc/reference.pdf">PDF</a> format is now available in the
        distribution archive.</li>

      <li>New language definition files: HU, HR, PT, ZH.  Thanks those who


    <h3>Bug status</h3>

    <p>This covers only those bugs that have been reported <a
        href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/jscalendar" target="_blank"
        title="Project page at SourceForge">at SourceForge</a>.</p>


      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=703238&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#703,238</tt></a> &mdash; fixed</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=703814&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#703,814</tt></a> &mdash; fixed</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=716777&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#716,777</tt></a> &mdash; closed (was fixed already in 0.9.2-1)</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=723335&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#723,335</tt></a> &mdash; fixed</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=715122&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#715,122</tt></a> &mdash; feature request; implemented.</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=721206&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#721,206</tt></a> &mdash; fixed (added "refresh()" function)</li>
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=721833&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#721,833</tt></a> &mdash; fixed (bug concerning the "yy" format
      <li><a href="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=721833&group_id=75569&atid=544285" target="_blank"
            title="Go to bug description at sourceforge"><tt>#721,833</tt></a> &mdash; won't fix (we won't set the time to
        midnight; time might actually be useful when we implement support
        for time selection).


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    <address><a href="http://dynarch.com/mishoo/">Mihai Bazon</a></address>
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