[Design Pattern] Sliding Date Picker

Aaron Zeckoski aaronz at vt.edu
Thu Jan 24 08:51:30 UTC 2008

I would say this is a date range picker and not really a date picker.
I doubt anyone would want to use this to choose a single date.

I played with this for a minute and I thought it was a little hard to
use. There are no queues for "today" or for "days of the week". I
found that I had to pull up my calendar to figure out how to set a
range from today until friday.
It was also not obvious how to get the range to shift or how to get
the range to expand (show more days on it) or contract/zoom in (and
show less days). Maybe that is not possible.
Finally, it was a strange disconnect to grab the bar and move it while
having to look down at the box that indicated what the actual date
was. I kept missing the bar and then attempting to move the mouse and
wondering why the date was not changing.
It also would have been nice to see an indicator of the number of days
between the 2 dates.

It is really fun and seems like some pretty slick javascript but I
have doubts as to the ease of use.

Just my thoughts.

On Jan 23, 2008 7:53 PM, Eli Cochran <eli at media.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Here is a great date picker design pattern. It's worth playing around with.
> http://ajaxorized.com/introducing-the-sliding-date-picker/
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> Eli Cochran
> user interaction developer
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Aaron Zeckoski (aaronz at vt.edu)
Senior Research Engineer - CARET - Cambridge University
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