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ParseDate( text )

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Vaughan Bromfield, Vaughan Bromfield Design

Returns the first valid date found from a text string.

Sample Input:
ParseDate( "CD Database 31/12/2008" )
Sample Output:

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This recursive function parses the supplied text and returns the first word that is a valid date. The function only recognises dates entered in the current system format. If there are no valid dates the function returns a null value.

To improve the success rate each word is filtered to remove non-numeric characters (except for potential date delimiters).

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

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Trying to set up this function in Edit custom function. My text field is designated "Import". When I try to save, I get the following message for ParseDate

ParseDate( RightWords( Import ; WordCount( Import ) - 1 ) )

"This Function cannot be found"

liverMD, Newark NJ
February 08, 2010 12:32pm

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