Skip to main content

This content has been archived and is no longer being updated. Links may not function; however, this content may be relevant to outdated versions of the product.

Support Article

Issue with pega:reference tags with custom datetime format



Custom datetime format is defined using a custom Control, for example, your_CustomDTFormat as yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.

Using this custom datetime format with pega:reference tags for a non-autogenerated Section does not work correctly.

Including code like this:
<pega:reference name="$this.your_Date" format="your_CustomDTFormat" ></pega:reference>

Results in date output that looks like this: "Apr 19, 2017 08:44:33 AM"

This works correctly for an auto-generated HTML Section. In that case, the date output looks like this:

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

1. Create a custom Control and define the custom format.
2. Use the new Control inside a non-autogenerated HTML of a Section Rule to display DateTime property in read-only mode.

Root Cause

This is working as expected. Since the control is autogenerated, when referred inside an autogenerated section, it is markup is generated correctly (check the actions->view Java or at runtime inspect the element to find markup at runtime).

In the non-autogenerated section, user is referring to it in a Pega reference tag which will not generate the same markup.


Perform the following local-change:

Pega's FormatDateTime Function of DateTime library supports java dateformat patterns and "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ" is one of the java dateformat patterns.

So it is possible to get the value in these formats without using custom Controls inside a non-autogenerated HTML Section.

Published May 24, 2017 - Updated October 8, 2020

Was this useful?

0% found this useful

Have a question? Get answers now.

Visit the Collaboration Center to ask questions, engage in discussions, share ideas, and help others.

Did you find this content helpful?

Want to help us improve this content?

We'd prefer it if you saw us at our best.

Pega Community has detected you are using a browser which may prevent you from experiencing the site as intended. To improve your experience, please update your browser.

Close Deprecation Notice
Contact us