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InterpretDateFromText ( dateText ; noResult )

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Tim Anderson, Tim Anderson Group

interpret a date from a date as text string

Sample Input:
8th October 2009
9 February 2010
November 1 2007
Sample Output:

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Will try and extract a date from text in a non standard format. Safely interprets dates in formats that FileMaker recognises

e.g. 8th October 2009, 9 February 2010, November 1 2007, 8/1/2008, 8.7.11

You have the option - ‘noResult’ - on what to return if a valid date cannot be found. Note that the month name must be either complete or only the first 3 letters, if you want/need to extend this just add more pairs of parameters in the Substitute command, but make sure that you put them in order of the length of the replaced text - see September as an example.

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

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


; ["Jan"; 1] ;
should be
; ["jan"; 1] ;

john renfrew, curdworth
February 25, 2015 2:11pm

Thanks John, corrected!

Tim Anderson, Larbert
February 25, 2015 2:39pm

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