Version: (using KDE 4.0.3)
Installed from: Fedora RPMs
the digital clock widget in KDE 4.0.3 cannot display the date in a custom format.
for example it is not possible to configure the widget to use the following format YYYY-MM-DD.
in kde 3.5.x this was configurable.
please add it back.
*** This bug has been confirmed by popular vote. ***
You can try to use this plasmoid:
Partially similar bug report: #172175.
I also used KDE3's ability to adjust this setting, and am annoyed by my new KDE4 desktop not being able to configure this (among other things). The reason custom configuration is needed here (in my view) is that the time/date display on the task bar has very limited space, and one wants to customize the time display to fit it optimally, which may not be the same as one's locale settings.
I don't see why the date format in the plasma clocks can't simply refer back to how the date is formatted under the Country/Region & Language settings module. The time is formatted according to how the time format is specified on the Time & Date tab of the Country/Region & Settings config modules. The date format setting there should be applied globally and it is rather inconsistent that it is not in this case.
Same request but different motivation: I'd like to have time and date (including the most important day-of-week) displayed side by side or completely seperated from each other. That can be nicely done with the solution described in this request.
An extreme but useful configuration: Three digital clocks on my desktop: Current time at default location in the bottom panel, a digital clock plasmoid with the current date on the desktop, and in my top panel another digital clock displaying the day-of-week (Friday, ...), which I often forget.
Well "digital clock" is not the right name then. "Adjustable Clock" is better like the one in kde-look. But that one is very unstable and not officially a kde4-plasmoid! It shouldn't be much work to enhance the default digital clock in that way ... does it?
it would be nice to be able to adjust the time and date font, it set itself automatically based on the panel height... but i've the date which is bigger than the time, by which logic? i mean, i think everyone checks more times per day the time, and not the date, so is the time which should have a bigger font...
Created attachment 30866 [details]
I wouldn't mind this so much if the clock actually took its date from the regional settings panel as it's claimed to.
As it is, here's how things stand on my system:
Date format: February 10, 2009
Short date format: 2009-02-10
Clock date format: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 (without the day of the week, it's still "10 Feb 2009")
I'd happily change my date format to be a duplicate of the short date format (so all system dates are ISO 8601's YYYY-MM-DD) if it would actually have an effect.
Still not possible in version 4.2.85 (KDE 4.3 Beta1)
@xdmx: the font setting is another issue, see bug 185588.
Please keep different things in separate bug reports. Thanks.. :)
*** Bug 172175 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I will add myself on this long list.
The clock seems to respect KDE's Regional & Language settings for time format but stubbornly refuses to change the format of the date.
I have even tried to change the system's locale to en_DK which sets the date to an ISO 8601 format but the clock widget did not budge.
One would ask: what good is to have a general user setting in your KDE desktop if the apps choose to ignore it?
Could we change the severity to normal here? It is really beyond wishlist....
We are talking about an *essential* app which is does not play by the rules of the KDE desktop.
*** Bug 195837 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Re: Comment #14
Thanks. Bugzilla's search didn't find this when I filed 195837. This leads to the obvious suggestion that the title of this bug could be improved to make it easier to find.
The issue isn't really about a "custom" format. In KDE-3.5, the Clock uses the (time and) date string set in the Locale KCM. In 3.5 it is the "Short Date Format" string is used. OTOH, the KDE-4.x.y Digital Clock Displays the Month with a word which would correspond to the "Date Format" string.
So, the first issue is that the title of bug 195837
Digital Clock date does not conform to SS locale setting:
SystemSettings Locale Date Format set to:
WEEKDAY MONTH dD YYYY
and the Digital Clock says:
Tue, 9 Jun 2009
With the above string, the Digital Clock should say:
TUESDAY JUNE 9 2009
Since using the locale string is the correct way to to this, it appears that this is a bug and not a wish list item.
The most egregious problem being that order of the month and date is not controlled by the locale string. With a US locale, it is:
when it clearly should be:
This certainly indicates that there is a bug.
While it is OK for the Digital Clock Settings to modify the string set in
SystemSettings -- to remove WEEKDAY or YYYY -- it does need to start with
the locale string set in SystemSettings.
After these issues (which are bugs) are resolved, there are feature request items which we might want to address:
I would rather have the "Short Date Format" for the Digital Clock. Perhaps this should be an option. In that case, the "Show year" option should only apply to the "Date Format" while the "Show day of the week" option would also apply to the "Short Date Format" but with a different effect.
*** Bug 196679 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This is a real screen shot, not a mock up.
James, has that code been committed?
(In reply to comment #18)
> James, has that code been committed?
No, this is just experimental.
Created attachment 35026 [details]
Screen Shot showing "ShortDate" format
More experimental code:
Is this what we want?
Yes, I know that the date is too small, but the sizing code doesn't work correctly. Actually worse than that as it seems to work backwards.
This is the "Short date format" so you can change this by setting it in System Settings.
> Is this what we want?
If that is how the short format is formatted on your system, then yes this is what we want! Can you post a screenshot of the YYYY-MM-DD format just to calm us non-Americans who cannot use a system where the least significant unit is in the middle?
(In reply to comment #20)
Please attach the patch for source code so that it could be reviewed.
Created attachment 35038 [details]
Screen Shot with Short date format set to YYYY-MM-DD in SS
OK, so I tried what is called the scientific date format in the USA.
I would presume that any legal Qt time format string would work here.
As the nagging message says, I had to restart KDE for this change to take effect. But, that is a general issue with any change to the Locale settings.
BTW: the Liquid Crystal effect for the time is achieved using the free font called "Quartz".
> OK, so I tried what is called the scientific
> date format in the USA.
Thanks, I did not know what you call it. We just call it "the date" :)
Heh. I'm Canadian, so we're supposed to be using DD/MM/YY (easily confused with the U.S.'s MM/DD/YY when the day is less than 13) but I also stick to YYYY-MM-DD whenever possible.
I just refer to it as "shortened ISO 8601 form". (The full ISO 8601 form specifies the timezone)
Created attachment 35040 [details]
Personally I use this patch.
YYYY-MM-DD is great, it makes everyone equally unhappy! Seriously,
though, it is all in keeping with the digital watch's HH:MM:SS format of
most significant unit on the left. This is great for organising files, too.
Have a great week.
(In reply to comment #26)
> Personally I use this patch.
This does not address:
I am using the code:
dateString = KGlobal::locale()->formatDate(m_date, m_dateFormat);
to generate the date string.
The header file needs to have:
and you need to set "m_dateFormat" to ShortDate or LongDate
It appears to me that some additions need to be made to:
Specifically to add a bool option for showDayOfWeek and showYear which would be valid only for:
KLocale::DateFormat.LongDate and KLocale::DateFormat.FancyLongDate
It should be much easier to add this to KDELibs rather than reinventing the wheel in the DigitalClock widget.
@Stephan Sokolow: Actually, Canada recently adopted ISO 8601, so the official date format there is now YYYY-MM-DD, not DD/MM/YYYY.
*sigh* Apparently yet another way in which the Ontario student loans office is always behind-schedule.
Created attachment 35293 [details]
Horizontal Panel ShortDate with WeekDay and TimeZone
Created attachment 35294 [details]
Horizontal Panel ShortDate with WeekDay
Created attachment 35295 [details]
Horizontal Panel ShortDate
Created attachment 35296 [details]
Clock made with vertical Panel, WeekDay and TimeZone
This is a vertical panel. However it is only for the clock and therefore only tall enough to hold the clock.
Created attachment 35297 [details]
Clock made with vertical Panel, WeekDay
This is similar to what I have on KDE-3.5.
Created attachment 35298 [details]
Clock made with vertical Panel
These three vertical Panel examples will look better when the font size is fixed. Also it would probably be a good idea to adjust the Panel Height and the spacer sized based on which options (WeedDay &/| TimeZone) are being used.
Created attachment 35299 [details]
This is a work in progress, but it will work for you if _all_ you want is the ShortDate format.
IMO it would be enough to provide a menu item "data & time format..." which opens the Locale KCM where the user can edit the global format (like in KDE3). But if you implement a more flexible solution, of course I'm fine with it as well.
*** Bug 197776 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Created attachment 43362 [details]
EXPERIMENTAL Patch for KDE-4.4
The same code changes work with KDE-4.4 but due to large changes, the patch didn't work.
SVN commit 1211756 by mrnjavac:
Obey locale KCM settings for date format in the Digital Clock Plasma applet.
M +5 -1 CMakeLists.txt
M +61 -37 clock.cpp
M +2 -3 clock.h
M +44 -173 clockConfig.ui
WebSVN link: http://websvn.kde.org/?view=rev&revision=1211756
for me your fix does not work. I have installed KDE 4.6.2 from Debian experimental. I cannot change the format of the date shown by the digital clock by changing KDE's system settings. No matter if I change the short form date format or the long form date format the date shown by the clock stays the same
(e.g. the clock shows 28 Apr 2011 but I configured it to be 2011-04-28).