Formatting Dates

Webvanta stores dates and time in a format-independent representation, and you can choose the format when you display it.

The format string uses the "strftime" format that has been used in many languages. These are the options:

 

%a The abbreviated weekday name ("Sun")
%A The full weekday name ("Sunday")
%b The abbreviated month name ("Jan")
%B The full month name ("January")
%c The preferred local date and time representation
%d Day of the month (01..31)
%e Day of the month without leading zeroes (1..31)
%H Hour of the day, 24-hour clock (00..23)
%I Hour of the day, 12-hour clock (01..12)
%j Day of the year (001..366)
%k Hour of the day, 24-hour clock w/o leading zeroes ( 0..23)
%l Hour of the day, 12-hour clock w/o leading zeroes ( 1..12)
%m Month of the year (01..12)
%-m Month of the year without leading zeroes (1..12)
%M Minute of the hour (00..59)
%p Meridian indicator ("AM" or "PM")
%P Meridian indicator ("am" or "pm")
%S Second of the minute (00..60)
%U Week number of the current year, starting with the first Sunday as the first day of the first week (00..53)
%W Week number of the current year, starting with the first Monday as the first day of the first week (00..53)
%w Day of the week (Sunday is 0, 0..6)
%y Year without a century (00..99)
%Y Year with century
%Z Time zone name
%z Time zone expressed as a UTC offset ("-04:00")
%% Literal "%" character

Any text in the format string that is not preceded by a % symbol is rendered as ordinary text.

Here are some examples:

<w:date format="%A %B %e, %Y %l:%M %P" /> Saturday July 4, 2009 1:32 pm
<w:date format="%a %b %e '%y %k:%M" /> Sat Jul 4 '09 13:32
<w:date format="%m/%e/%Y" /> 07/4/2009
<w:date format="%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S GMT" /> Friday, 04 July 2009 13:32 GMT
(RFC1123 format)

In addition, a special format is available for display the time in text as a distance from the current time, such as "3 hours, 12 minutes ago". The format specification for this is "time_ago", as in:

<w:date format="time_ago" />

If you wish to show the current date and time (of when the page was last cached), simply add for="now":

<w:date format="%Y" for="now" />