I have an end user who is the admin for a website and they insist on showing the available dates to the customer. They are showing the showings literally like this:

2-Mar,  9-Mar,  16-Mar,  23-Mar,  30-Mar-2014

6-Apr,  13-apr,  20-Apr,  27-Apr-2014

4-May,  11-May,  18-May,  25-May-2014

7-sep,  14-Sep,  21-Sep,  28-Sep-2014

5-Oct,  12-Oct,  19-Oct,  26-Oct-2014

2-Nov,  9-Nov,  16-Nov,  23-Nov,  30-Nov-2014

7-Dec,  14-Dec,  21-Dec,  28-Dec-2014

My question is, how can i easily and elegantly displays these dates?

  • check this display sally-brown.net/available-dates – Bala Dec 30 '13 at 9:06
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    Thats a good idea! I could just show 2 columns in a HTML table and it should look much cleaner like that! – PriceCheaperton Dec 30 '13 at 9:07
  • your customer utterly refuses to use a calendar with highlighted "available" dates? – benteh Dec 30 '13 at 9:27
  • Does such a thing exist? – PriceCheaperton Dec 30 '13 at 9:29
  • oh, and btw: your question is a little thin on information. It would be useful to know what technology and tools you are using, if you are programming it yourself, if you use a framework, what you have tried. – benteh Dec 30 '13 at 9:29

It is a little hard to come up with very concrete suggestions, as I do not know the exact details of your calendar-needs.

The visually most elegant solution would be something like this: enter image description here

But since you are using jQuery (yay!), my first suggestion would be Datepicker: enter image description here

There are of course a million alternatives out there, just search for jQuery calendar. Another option is of course Google calendar, the web-widget. There are a squillion settings and customisations you can do there.

Edit: Since you gave us info that your calendar might need to be a booking-style one, check out this list of jQuery calendars.

..and I will strongly recommend that you use what is out there, and do not try to build your own from the ground up.

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  • thanks dude! just need to work out how to display available dates easily. Remember the admin has to set the dates for about 30 holidays/trips! – PriceCheaperton Dec 30 '13 at 9:41
  • 30 trips - I did not know that, but you should be able to do it with some clever use of queries. – benteh Dec 30 '13 at 9:47
  • @PriceCheaperton: if I were the admin setting 30 dates manually, I would want to "import a list" such as the one you posted in your question... – horatio Jan 7 '14 at 20:45

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