How to change the format of date columns - Cloud

Overview

This example explains how to format the display of date columns without changing the actual data. This helps to keep the format consistent even if the format of the provided data is not. To do this, configure the appropriate columns with the M column type in the Column types parameter. Advanced date sorting specifies how to use the M column type to customize how the column data is interpreted as data.

In this page, two formats that support both interpreting the data and formatting the display (output) of the data are explained.

  • Input format - This is the current format specified on the M column type; if nothing is specified, the default format is used. See Advanced date sorting for more details.
  • Display format - This is how you want the date to be displayed and sorted. If not specified, the column is displayed in the same format as the input format. The display format is similar but, necessarily, more complex than the input format. The ~ character is used to separate the input and display formats to avoid most conflicts with characters used in formats. This is summarized in the succeeding sections.

Examples

Column type

Input format

Display format

M~YYYY.MM.DD

<default>

YYYY.MM.DD

MDDMMMYYYY~YYYY.MM.DD

DDMMMYYYY

YYYY.MM.DD

M(de)DDMMMYYYY~YYYY.MM.DD

(de)DDMMMYYYY

YYYY.MM.DD

MX~DD.MM.YYUnix timestampDD.MM.YY

MDD MMM YYYY~YYYY.MM.DD

DD MMM YYYY

Default Confluence Date Picker (US)

YYYY.MM.DD

Usage

The formatting options listed on this page can be defined through the Column types parameter within the following macros:

Screenshot

Formatting options

Acknowledgement

Advanced date sorting support with the M column type is provided using Javascript implemented by the Table Library for Bob Swift Apps with the help of the Moment.js library (open source, MIT license). A summary of the relevant parts of the Moment.js documentation is repeated here.

Internationalization

See language support (i18n).