Time Control

A pair of selectors for setting task duration by specifying the start and end dates of a task.

    {name:"description", height:70, map_to:"text", type:"textarea", focus:true},
    {name:"time",        height:72, map_to:"auto", type:"time"} ];

Related sample:  Time control


To add the time control to the lightbox, follow the steps below:

1) Add a section to the lightbox configuration:

    {name:"description", height:70, map_to:"text", type:"textarea",focus:true},
    {name:"period",      height:72, map_to:"auto", type:"time"}, ];

2) Set a label for the section:

gantt.locale.labels.section_period = "Time period";


The following properties are mostly important and commonly set for the 'time' control (see the full list here):

  • name - (string) the section name
  • height - (number) the section height
  • map_to - (string,object) "auto" or object, defines the data property(-ies) that will be mapped to the section
  • type - (string) the type of the section control
  • focus - (boolean) if set to true, the section will take focus on opening the lightbox
  • readonly - (boolean) if you set the "true" value, the section will be read-only
  • year_range - (array,number) sets a range for the year selector. The range can be set in 2 ways:
    • year_range: [2005, 2025] - a period from 2005 till 2025 year
    • year_range: 10 - a period [current year - 10 years; current year + 10 years]
  • single_date - (boolean) if you set the "true" value, just the start Date selector will be presented in the section. Edited tasks will be specified only by the start date and have a zero duration. Makes sense only for milestones
  • time_format - (string) sets the order of date-time selectors
  • autofix_end - (boolean) defines whether the end date will be corrected automatically if the selected start date is greater than the end date, true by default. The disabled mode allows validating the dates, but if you enable the mode and don't validate the dates, you can get tasks with 0 duration when the start_date is greater than the end_date.

Configuring date-time selectors

To configure the selectors of the "duration" or "time" section, use the time_format property (see Date Format Specification):

Adding the time selector to the 'Time period' section

gantt.config.lightbox.sections = [
    {name:"description", height:38, map_to:"text", type:"textarea", focus:true},
    {name:"period",type:"time", map_to:"auto", time_format:["%d","%m","%Y","%H:%i"]}];

Note, the allowable members of the time_format's array are:

  • "%d" - the day selector
  • "%m" - the month selector
  • "%Y" - the year selector
  • "%H:%i" - the time selector (the format is set with the time_picker template)

You can change just the order and the number of these members in the array but not the data presentation format.
For example, you can change the format as in:

// time goes first
time_format:["%H:%i", "%m", "%d", "%Y"] 
// month goes first
time_format:["%m","%d", "%Y", "%H:%i"]
// the year selector is removed
time_format:["%H:%i", "%m", "%d"]
// incorrect
time_format:["%H:%i", "%M", "%d", "%Y"] // "%m" was changed to "%M"

Mapping to custom start/end date-time properties

Default mapping

Generally, the time and duration controls are mapped to the mandatory 'start_date', 'end_date' data properties by setting the map_to property to the "auto" value (map_to:"auto").

Custom mapping

To map controls to some custom date properties (instead of 'start_date', 'end_date'), use the object notation of the map_to property:

gantt.config.lightbox.sections = [
    {name: "description", height: 72, type: "textarea", map_to:"text", focus: true},
    {name: "time",        height: 72, type: "duration", map_to:"auto"},
    {name: "deadline",    height: 72, type: "time",      map_to:{start_date:"planned_start",end_date:"planned_end"}} ];

Related sample:  Displaying deadlines

As an object, map_to has 3 properties:

  1. start_date- the name of a data property that will store the start date set in the input
  2. end_date - optional, the name of a data property that will store the end date set in the input
  3. duration - optional, the name of a data property that will store the duration defined by the input

If some property is not specified, the control takes the value of the related mandatory date property.

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