How do I apply a date format to a question ID?


example 1: [question(“value”), id=”29″,format=”Y-m-d”]

example 2: [system(“date”),format=”Y-m-d”]


I can’t figure out the syntax to make example 1 work. Example 2 works without a problem!

Alex Walker answered

    Ok, the script is clear to me now, so I tried the first test but got a bad syntax error.


    Alex Walker answered

      I’m just passing it to another application which expects a text string which looks like YYYY-MM-DD. 

      If I were facing a similar problem in Excel, I’d start doing things like (left, 4 characters), (right, 2 characters) etc. and then piece it back together.

      Is that more or less hassle than custom scripting – as I’m not at all familiar with scripting?

      Alex Walker answered

        You will have to write a custom script.

        The problem is that the data returned by the question’s merge code is actually text data and not date.  So in order to format it you will first have to convert the response from text to date.  This is a  three step process.  You would first use the sgapiGetValue function to get the response and the use the sgapiStrtotime function to convert the response from text to date.  You could then use the sgapiDate function to format the date.  Review the following example:

        %%xdate = sgapiStrtotime(sgapiGetValue(29));
        %%xdate = sgapiDate(“l”,%%xdate);

        I am not sure how you intend to use the date, so I am not sure what you would do with the ‘xdate’ variable.  One option would be to use the sgapiSetValue function to place the date in a hidden question.

        Jim Wetherill answered


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