Using Date/Time fields

A Date/Time field holds a date, or a time, or both (the date followed by time). Such fields are called "date and time" fields, even though a particular instance might contain only the date or only the time.

Defining a date and time field

Define a date and time field by using the DT prefix command during template edit. See Defining and changing date and time attributes, and Date/Time Attributes panel.

Formatting and updating date and time fields

Use the editor to display and change date and time fields as determined by the output format. You can also print the fields according to the output format.

When you insert new lines, the date and time fields initialize to the current date and time value.

Creating data for date and time fields

You can use the base date value as well as the day, month and year adjustment fields to populate date and time fields during a data create function. See Setting the Data Create Attributes in your template and Date/Time Attributes panel.

Incrementing date and time fields

Use the copy function with the same input and output template that has date and time fields defined with a day, month and year (or day, or month, or year) adjustment values to increment or decrement the corresponding value on the output data set. See Date/Time Attributes panel.

Scrambling date and time fields

Use the copy function with the same input and output template that has date and time fields defined with scrambling start and end values specified to scramble date and time values to a random or repeatable value within a given range for that field. See Date/Time Attributes panel.