MrSnappingTurtle MrSnappingTurtle - 8 days ago 5
C# Question

Format Sitecore Date using Sitecore().Field()?

I need to use a custom format for a date (i.e.

dddd dd MMMM yyyy
). Is it possible to pass this format to
Sitecore().Field()
? I would like to do something like this:

@Html.Sitecore().Field("Day1", new { @format="dddd dd MMMM yyyy"})


However, after some Googling, I found that I either have to create a custom field helper to do this or a custom model. Is there really no way to do this using base Sitecore? It's important this be done through
Sitecore().Field()
as I need the content editor to be able to edit the value.

We're on Sitecore 7.5

Answer

As far I know Sitecore doesn't have such a functionality out of the box. You can use a helper for this functionality, please check below code. I used this code and is working fine. You can edit date field also from page editor because the field is edited through Sitecore pipelines.

public static class Helper
{

    public static HtmlString RenderField(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      string fieldNameOrId,
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        if (parameters == null)
        {
            parameters = new SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string>();
        }

        return sitecoreHelper.Field(
          fieldNameOrId,
          new
            {
                DisableWebEdit = disableWebEdit,
                Parameters = parameters
            });
    }

    public static HtmlString RenderField(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      SC.Data.ID fieldId,
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        return RenderField(
          sitecoreHelper,
          fieldId.ToString(),
          disableWebEdit,
          parameters);
    }

    public static HtmlString RenderDate(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      string fieldNameOrId,
      string format = "D",
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      bool setCulture = true,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        if (setCulture)
        {
            Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture =
              new CultureInfo(SC.Context.Language.Name);
            Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture =
              CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture(SC.Context.Language.Name);
        }

        if (parameters == null)
        {
            parameters = new SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string>();
        }

        parameters["format"] = format;
        return RenderField(
          sitecoreHelper,
          fieldNameOrId,
          disableWebEdit,
          parameters);
    }

    public static HtmlString RenderDate(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      SC.Data.ID fieldId,
      string format = "D",
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      bool setCulture = true,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        return RenderDate(
          sitecoreHelper,
          fieldId.ToString(),
          format,
          disableWebEdit,
          setCulture,
          parameters);
    }

    public static HtmlString TagField(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      string fieldNameOrId,
      string htmlElement,
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        SC.Data.Items.Item item =
          SC.Mvc.Presentation.RenderingContext.Current.ContextItem;

        if (item == null || String.IsNullOrEmpty(item[fieldNameOrId]))
        {
            return new HtmlString(String.Empty);
        }

        string value = sitecoreHelper.RenderField(
          fieldNameOrId,
          disableWebEdit,
          parameters).ToString();
        return new HtmlString(String.Format(
          "<{0}>{1}</{0}>",
          htmlElement,
          value));
    }

    public static HtmlString TagField(
      this SC.Mvc.Helpers.SitecoreHelper sitecoreHelper,
      SC.Data.ID fieldId,
      string htmlElement,
      bool disableWebEdit = false,
      SC.Collections.SafeDictionary<string> parameters = null)
    {
        return TagField(
          sitecoreHelper,
          fieldId.ToString(),
          htmlElement,
          disableWebEdit,
          parameters);
    }
}

In your cshtml you will have:

       @Html.Sitecore().RenderDate("Name of field or id", "your format")

John West write about how to extend sitecore helpers here: http://www.sitecore.net/learn/blogs/technical-blogs/john-west-sitecore-blog/posts/2012/06/sitecore-mvc-playground-part-4-extending-the-sitecorehelper-class.aspx

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