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Wanted: Date/Time Macro

Posted: 2007-07-17 19:52:33
by midwinter
Hi all.

I'm wondering if someone would take pity on me and create a date/time macro for me. Specifically, I'd like a macro that would produce this with a single click:

Wednesday, June 17, 2007
9:51 PM

I know that there is a date/time macro built in, but I can't make heads or tails of Perl.

Thanks in advance.


Posted: 2007-07-18 00:07:13
by martin
Pity taken:

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$fullDate = '' 
$shortTime = '' 

Begin Perl
	use POSIX qw(strftime);
	my $time = time;
	my @timestamp = localtime($time);
	my ($sec, $min, $hour, $day, $month, $year, $weekday) = localtime($time);
	$year += 1900; 
	$monthName = strftime( '%B', @timestamp );
	$weekdayName = strftime( '%A', @timestamp );
	if( $hour > 12 ) {
		$hour -= 12;
	elsif( 0 == $hour ) {
		$hour = 12; # for 12AM
	$ampm = strftime( '%p', @timestamp );
	$fullDate = sprintf( '%s, %s %d, %04d', $weekdayName, $monthName, $day, $year ); 
	$shortTime = sprintf( '%d:%02d %s', $hour, $min, $ampm ); 

Type Text $fullDate 
Type Newline 
Type Text $shortTime

Posted: 2007-07-18 01:03:57
by martin
I've added this macro (and a couple more date/time formats) to the macro repository.

Posted: 2007-07-18 07:04:32
by midwinter
Thanks, Martin! Works like a charm! Exclamation point!

Posted: 2007-07-18 07:10:11
by scottwhitlock
Good to see you back, midwinter. I've missed the banana.

Posted: 2007-07-18 07:26:31
by midwinter
scottwhitlock wrote:Good to see you back, midwinter. I've missed the banana.
Thanks, Scott. It was a crazy semester followed by a broken foot followed by a research trip to Europe.

But I'm back and writing again, so my plan is to bury Martin in feature requests for the upcoming Nisus Writer Super-Pro. ;)

Posted: 2007-07-31 22:44:54
by martin
midwinter found a bug in the macros I wrote. Basically all times in the 24th hour are printed as "00:MM AM" instead of "12:MM AM", eg: "00:55 AM" instead of "12:55 AM".

I've updated the macro files to fix this, so if you ever plan on writing in the midnight hour, it might be worth re-downloading them. Sorry everyone.


Posted: 2007-08-01 18:24:33
by gemboy27
I haven't had a need for any of the macros, but I would just like to thank you for creating a page that has them on them


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