Strangely my popup calendar is localized, showing day names and so on in correct language, but not the date in the textfield neither in the description, which remained Y-m-d formatted.

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This should be french format : d-m-Y . And I also need to change default value from today to next week. So, as per this answer :

(For date popup) Branch 7.x-2 : Implementing hook_date_popup_process_alter() you could remove the description...

I tried these diff snippets :

function vts_commerce_date_popup_process_alter(&$element, &$form_state, $context) {
  $element['#date_format'] = 'd-m-Y';//no effect
  $element['date']['#date_format'] = 'd-m-Y';//no effect
  $element['#default_value'] = date('d-m-Y', strtotime('+1 week'));//no effect
  unset($element['date']['#description']);//works but I need to display it with correct date format instead 
  return $element;

From which snippets 4 changes the form element. Instead, snippets 1, 2, 3 changed $element into dsm() returned values, but change nothing in the form. So my questions are:

  • How to display date into the textfield and in its description in french format ? how to change the default value that will be shown on page loading ?
  • What is the difference here between $element['#foo'] and $element['date']['#foo'] ?

Many thanks for your replies.

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Well I'm a bit ashamed :( No need to do such complicated things. In the edit field page, there are some advanced settings and values I had never paid attention to :

  • Date entry options : control the order and format of the options users see.

Date entry options

  • Default date : Relative default value (Describe a time by reference to the current day, like '+90 days' (90 days from the day the field is created) or '+1 Saturday' (the next Saturday). See strtotime for more details.

Default date : Relative default value

  • Anyway, I would be happy to know an=bout the 2nd question... What is the difference in hook_date_popup_process_alter() between $element['#foo'] and $element['date']['#foo'] ?
    – Kojo
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 13:21

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