Choice of four
display types: a monthly calendar, a table (list) of all details
about events, a one column list, and a two column list. You can choose
which type of display should appear to your web site visitors first.
Visitors can change the display if they want to.
table view can easily be sorted by event name, by date, by
contact person, by event location, or by category.
Click for details.
Monthly calendars display the short name for events on the proper day
or days. This short name is itself a clickable link to all the details
you've entered for that event such as starting time, location, contact
Events that span more than one day appear on monthly calendars in
italics to distinguish them.
Today's date appears highlighted on monthly calendars. It's easy for
your web visitors to see what's happening today.
display. Monthly calendars display the month and day of the
previous month's last few days and the next month's first few days. If
these days have events, they appear on the calendar.
Monthly calendars always have a link to a "printable"
version of the month. The printable version is a very clean calendar
format designed to look good when printed on non-color printers. If
you have a color printer, you can make exceedingly attractive
printouts of the regular monthly displays as well.
"filter" options. Visitors can select the month they
want to see. Or they can choose to see "All upcoming events"
or "Next 30 days' events" or "All events regardless of
Visitors can search for events containing a specified word or phrase.
Advanced search capabilities include combining text searches with date
ranges for precise selection of desired events.
compatibility. Calendars are perfectly readable in any browser,
any version. Newer browsers (version 4.x and up) do a better job of
layout and spacing than older ones, but they are not necessary
for visitors to see and read your event calendars.
Entry of events
conversion of URLs and email addresses into clickable links when
options. Need to add a series of events to your calendar that
differ only by a detail? It's a very common thing. No problem. DATES!
allows you to edit an event, save it, then make another edit, save it
as a different event, edit it again, save it as a different event, and
the events you need to edit. Know that you or somebody in your
organization entered an event about "deadlines" but can't
remember who or what? Just search for events containing the word
"deadline" and find the event you need to review or edit.
Your web site visitors can do the same (but on a read-only basis, of
Entry logs. DATES!
logs the date and time that events were entered into its database. It
even records the login ID of the person who made the entry. You will
see this information every time you yourself log in to the Hardy
Systems web site. If you work at a large organization where different
people enter and edit events, you can easily find out who entered what
and when. This feature alone is worth the price of admission!
When you enter and edit events, you can sort any table view of events
by the usual fields: event name, start date, contact person, etc.,
just like your web site visitors can But as an event editor, you can
also sort by event number, which is a unique key assigned to every
event. You can also sort by the login ID of the person who entered the
event. Find what you need, when you need it.
checking. You may forget whether you always add a punctuating
period after event descriptions and other entries, or never add one,
or what. It doesn't matter: DATES! examines each item before
display and makes an intelligent guess about the best ending
punctuation--adding what's needed, omitting what's not.
Calendar management and maintenance
You have your choice of customized colors, headers, footers, and event
categories. You (but not your web site visitors) can change any of
these yourself at any time by logging in to the same DATES!
page that you log in to enter and edit events.
Headers and footers can contain images, HTML, hypertext links, etc. If
you normally put a standard set of links or graphics on every page,
you can put them on all your DATES! calendar pages as well. It's
easy to match your DATES! calendars with your own web page
standards and styles.
You can authorize other people in your organization to enter and edit
events. These individuals will not, however, be able to change
your calendar's colors, headers, footers, or categories.
Frame it. DATES!
calendars can be put into "frames." If you use frames for
things like menus or tables of contents, this feature allows your DATES!
calendars to mesh perfectly with those same menus and tables of
contents. (Check with your webmaster if you don't know what
"frames" are. Hardy Systems will work with your webmaster to
fully integrate DATES! calendars into your own web site's frames.
Normally this integration only has to be done once. Integration with
frames has no effect on the way you enter or edit events.)
You can define up to 100 different categories
for events, with each category name up to 36
At any time, you can log in to the DATES! home page and obtain a copy of all your events in a machine-readable format that you can use any way you like. They're your events: if you want to incorporate them into some other software or system, go right ahead. If you ever decide to cancel your service, Hardy Systems understands and expects that you will want first to obtain this listing of your event data for your own subsequent use. (For the benefit of your technical staff: the machine-readable listing is in comma-delimited format, with a heading row. Internal quotation marks are doubled.)
Forget about it.
DATES! software runs on a commercial web hosting service, not on
your own computers or web server. This means that you do not install
any software. You do not maintain any software. You do not have to
upgrade any software. You do not have to depend on any technical
personnel to help you with software. You enter the events you want to
enter, when you want to enter them, into a simple online form. DATES!
takes care of turning those events into beautiful and useful web