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a "Validate_DateTimeLocalFormat()" function

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The "Validate_DateTimeLocalFormat()" function is intended to check whether a date+time string is valid IN THE CONTEXT OF THE "LOCALE" FORMAT, i.e., the format used in your country (or even some format peculiar to your own organization or application).

There is a "_DateIsValid" function in the "date.au3" include file, which checks a date+time string for conformance with an ISO standard.

If you are NOT conforming to that ISO standard, but rather are using some local standard like the one sometimes used in the U.S. (i.e., mm/dd/yy hh:mm:ss xM), then this function is for you.

Also note, this function is using the vbScript "RegExp" (regular expression) object, rather than a "brute force" approach (i.e., character-by-character testing), to validate the string.

Yes, yes, I do know that autoit has its own regexp function. I was just experimenting with the feasibility of using "external objects" in autoit code (in this case a vbs object). And it worked, sort of.

While this function may be expanded through the use of regexp pattern matching, as coded it will only test for one local variation, that is a proper U.S. datetime format...

cheers, jw



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