Test Valid Date String for JavaScript

Created 2013-05-31 20:44:00
Updated 2020-06-02 00:22:41

Here we check the valid strings for the argument of the Date:: class constructor to create Date object under JavaScript, ie,
<script type="text/javascript">
var objDate;
objDate = new Date("May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200");
<script>
We are trying to get the PHP date format string to format date time to form the pipeline PHP DateTime() => js Date() => document.write() to output on screen. Here is the summary of cases we tested for you:
#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
0May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++++++
1May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++++++
2May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2++++++
32021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+0200-+--++
42021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+02:00-+--++
52021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+200-+--++
609 May 2021 23:50:26+02:00-+----
7May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2:00-++-++
8May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+02:00-++-++
92021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+2-+--++
102021-05-09 23:50:26-+--++
112021-05-09T23:50:26+02:00+++++-
122021-05-09 23:50:26+02:00-+----
1305-09-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++---+
1405/09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200+++-++
1509-May-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200-+-+-+
Tab. I: + Valid Date Time String for Javascript::Date() class, - Invalid.

JavaScript is very English speaking. In effect, among the 3 first universal formats, the English month abbreviation is used. As it can be observed that no pure numerical date string is found like "2021-05-09 23:50:26" to fit JavaScript syntax in all browsers. Please check this with your preferred browser.

Detail of JavaScript Tests

Below, the bold date time outputs at the right hand side of => are the JavaScript Date Class results.

0. Good Format "mmm dd, yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
0May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++++++

This format is valid for all browsers in our hands, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Mobile Safari. On PHP, you get this DateTime format of the current time by

<?php
$objDateTime = new DateTime();
$strDateTime = $objDateTime->format("M d, Y H:i:s \G\M\TO");
?>
One observes that this is the Standard English Date Time expression.

1. Another Good Format "mmm dd yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
1May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++++++

This format is also valid for all browsers in our hands, including IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Safari Mobile. On PHP, you get this DateTime format of the current time by

<?php
$objDateTime = new DateTime();
$strDateTime = $objDateTime->format("M d Y H:i:s \G\M\TO");
?>
One notes that this is another English Date Time expression with timezone.

2. Good Format "mmm dd, yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+2"

For example, May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
2May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2++++++
As shown, you can shorten the timezone notification.

Bad Formats

All following date time strings are good for some browsers, but unfortunately bad for others.

3. Format "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+0200 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
32021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+0200-+--++

4. Format "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss GMT+02:00"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
42021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+02:00-+--++

4. Format "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
52021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+200-+--++

6. Format "dd mmm yyyy hh:mm:ss+02:00"

For example, 09 May 2021 23:50:26+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
609 May 2021 23:50:26+02:00-+----

7. Format "mmm dd yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+02:00"

For example, May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
7May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2:00-++-++

8. Format "mmm dd, yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+02:00"

For example, May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
8May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+02:00-++-++

9. Format "yyyy-mmm-dd hh:mm:ss GMT+2"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+2 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
92021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+2-+--++

10. Format "yyyy-mmm-dd hh:mm:ss"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
102021-05-09 23:50:26-+--++

11. Format "yyyy-mmm-ddThh:mm:ss+02:00"

For example, 2021-05-09T23:50:26+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
112021-05-09T23:50:26+02:00+++++-
You get this format by PHP5 DateTime=>format('c'). It's regrettable that JavaScript Mobile Safari does not support this format, as this is the universal date time string, used by SQL server, MySQL Server, ...

12. Format "yyyy-mmm-dd hh:mm:ss GMT+02:00"

For example, 2021-05-09 23:50:26+02:00 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
122021-05-09 23:50:26+02:00-+----

13. Format "mm-dd-yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, 05-09-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
1305-09-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200++---+

14. Format "mm/dd, yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT+0200"

For example, 05/09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200 =>

#js new Date() FeedIEChromeFirefoxSafariOperaMobile
1405/09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200+++-++

JavaScript new Date() running results at one single glance under CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)

Below, we summarize the date time feed checked above in a single table under your current browser.

#PHP DateTime->formatjs new Date() Feedjs new Date() outputs
0M d, Y H:i:s \G\M\TOMay 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200
1M d Y H:i:s \G\M\TOMay 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200
2May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2
3Y-m-d H:i:s \G\M\TO2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+0200
4Y-m-d H:i:s \G\M\TP2021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+02:00
52021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+200
6d M Y H:i:s \G\M\TP09 May 2021 23:50:26+02:00
7May 09 2021 23:50:26 GMT+2:00
8M d Y H:i:s \G\M\TPMay 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+02:00
92021-05-09 23:50:26 GMT+2
10Y-m-d H:i:s2021-05-09 23:50:26
11c2021-05-09T23:50:26+02:00
12Y-m-d H:i:sP2021-05-09 23:50:26+02:00
13m-d-Y H:i:s\G\M\TO05-09-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200
14m/d, Y H:i:s\G\M\TO05/09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200
15d-M-Y H:i:s \G\M\TO09-May-2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200
Tab II: Real-Time JavaScript Date() Results with different Date time feed. See php.net: date — Format a local time/date.

Here the column "PHP DateTime->format" gives the format string to be used to obtain the "js new Date() Feed" column for JavaScript Date Constructor. The last column "js new Date() outputs" is JavaScript running results given by new Date(Date-Time String):

<script type="text/javascript">
document.write(new Date("May 09, 2021 23:50:26 GMT+0200"));
</script>

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