The Eclipse Web Solutions ASP.NET DatePicker control combines a textbox and a calendar, to support both novice and power users. If the user expans the calendar it displays on a higher layer, so it does not affect the layout of the page.
Description: When developing enterprise ASP.NET applications it is common to require the input of dates. The two solutions provided by .NET and Visual Studio out of the box; using a textbox with validation and using a calendar control, are both flawed. A textbox leaves too much scope for the user to make a mistake with data entry. Should the 15th of January be written '15/1/06', '15/01/06', '15/01/2006', or '1/15/06'? Some users need to have a calendar to allow them to pick the correct date without regard to formatting. However, for power users this can become much to slow, and the calendar control consumes too much precious screen realestate. The power user is capable of learing the acceptable date formats and would prefer to be able to enter the date in a textbox. This is also good for data entry, where the user does not want to have to leave the keyboard to use the mouse to pick a date. What is needed is a custom control to combine the best of both worlds. It must allow power users to type a date in a textbox, and it must allow other users to select a date using a calendar control. Most importantly, it should seemlessly allow users to employ a combination of these two approaches. The Eclipse Web Solutions ASP.NET DatePicker control combines a textbox and a calendar, to support both novice and power users. If the user expands the calendar it displays on a higher layer, so it does not affect the layout of the page. The control features inbuilt automatic validation and is amazingly simple to use. It also works seemlessly with Microsoft AJAX.
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