2 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2016 2:20 AM by maxwyss

    Pupulating the date field up on opening the document

    JeffBPaarsa Level 1



      Have a 6 page doc.  some pages have date field but with different field's names.  On first page I want to check if the date is null then populate it with current date, then copy the populated date to other pages... if the document was save and reopened latter I want the first populated date to be kept as it was populated the first time.

      First date field "TodaysDate" is Open for update date fields on other pages are readonly.

      First page date field named as: TodaysDate.

      and following code is run upon opening of doc. under Tool/JavaScript/Document JavaScripts:

      function populate_date(doc)


      var f = this.getField("TodaysDate");

      if (!f.value) f.value = util.printd ("m/d/yyyy", new Date());


      populate_date(this); // call my function


      Problem I have it does not get populated at all.. and this is the screen capture I get via Consul:

      any idea what could be wrong?



      Jeff P.

        • 1. Re: Pupulating the date field up on opening the document
          Bernd Alheit Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Looks like that there is no field named "TodaysDate" in the document.

          • 2. Re: Pupulating the date field up on opening the document
            maxwyss Level 4

            Assuming that the field TodaysDate exists, you encounter a timing issue.


            At the time the function is executed, the fields have not yet been established. This is quite common with multipage forms.


            Therefore, you can define the function in a document-level script, but you will call it in the PageOpen event of the page at which the document opens. You may protect it, so that it runs only once.


            About the function, I have some doubts that it works, because you test whether the field value exists. This is always the case. Instead test whether the field's value is equal to the field's defaultValue. The function would then look like this:


            function populateDate()


            if (this.getField("TodaysDate").value == this.getField("TodaysDate").defaultValue) {

            this.getField("TodaysDate").value = util.printd("m/d/yyyy", new Date() ;




            As stated, it is not even necessary to define the function, just execute the code in the pageOpen event.


            Hope this can help.