validate-govuk-date

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Parse GOVUK date

Takes separate day, month, and year values (a la the GOV.UK date input pattern) and checks for errors, returning a JavaScript Date object if none are found.

Overview

The GOV.UK design system is a fantastic resource for building usable, accessible frontends, but it doesn't do a lot as far as validation goes. I created this input for a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency project a while back and found it sufficient for most use cases.

Usage

Basic usage

Import the module:

import validateDate from "validate-govuk-date";
//or
const validateDate = require("validate-govuk-date");

Give the function a day, month, and year and it will attempt to parse e.g. validateDate(8, 2, 1990)

If no errors are detected, it returns and object with the properties error: false and a JavaScript Date object date: Thu Feb 08 1990 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Greenwich Mean Time).

If errors are detected, it returns and object with the properties error: true and a an array of errors with the properties reason (to describe the error) and index (with its index where 0 is the day, 1 is the month, and 2 is the year).

Examples

// With integers:
validateDate(8, 2, 1990) // { error: false, date: Thu Feb 08 1990 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Greenwich Mean Time) }

// With strings
validateDate('1', '1', '20') // { error: false, date:  Wed Jan 01 2020 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Greenwich Mean Time) }

// Detecting an error and returning its index
validateDate('17', '13', '2020') // { error: true, errors: [ { error: true, reason: "'Date' month must be between 1 and 12", index: 1 } ] }

// Detecting multiple errors and returning their indices
validateDate('', '13', '2020') // { error: true, errors: [ { error: true, reason: "'Date' must include a day", index: 0 }, { error: true, reason: "'Date' month must be between 1 and 12", index: 1 } ] }

// Detecting multiple errors
validateDate('', '13', '2020') // { error: true, errors: [ { error: true, reason: "'Date' must include a day", index: 0 }, { error: true, reason: "'Date' month must be between 1 and 12", index: 1 } ] }

// Pass a field name
validateDate('17', 'Oct', '2022', 'Start date') // { error: true, errors: [ { error: true, reason: "'Start date' month must be a number", index: 1 } ] }

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