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Recently I encountered a positioning error in AJAX calendar extender. When I use the calendar extender inside of other container controls the popup calendar started appearing few inches above the button. You will be able to get an idea of the problem by the following image.

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Since I couldn’t get it fixed by changing the properties I thought to find a solution for this.

One way to correct this is by applying a CSS style sheet to change the calendar positioning manually. I found this method while searching the web. This way since you need to enter the location of the calendar you need to try several times to get the correct positioning. If you are using this method simply place the following CSS style in your page and apply the style as shown. Remember you need to change the value to suit your form.

  1. <style type="text/css">
  2.     .fromDtPos
  3.     {
  4.         left: 245px !important;
  5.     }
  6. </style>

Apply the style to your calendar extender.

  1. <cc2:calendarextender id="calExpiry" runat="server" targetcontrolid="txtExpiry"
  2.     format="dd MMM yyyy" popupbuttonid="imgExpiry" enabled="True" cssclass="ajax__calendar fromDtPos">
  3. </cc2:calendarextender>

My preferred way to do this is by using the JavaScript that I wrote below. Since you do not need to enter the position manually this will be easier. Also this code will work irrespective of the number of parent containers it is having above of the control.

Insert the below JavaScript into your page.

  1. <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
  2.     function showCalendar(sender, args) {
  3.         var processingControl = $get(sender._button.id); // Getting the control which triggered the calendar.
  4.         sender._popupDiv.parentElement.style.top = processingControl.offsetTop + processingControl.height + ‘px’;
  5.         sender._popupDiv.parentElement.style.left = processingControl.offsetLeft + ‘px’;
  6.  
  7.         var positionTop = processingControl.height + processingControl.offsetTop;
  8.         var positionLeft = processingControl.offsetLeft;
  9.         var processingParent;
  10.         var continueLoop = false;
  11.  
  12.         do {
  13.             // If the control has parents continue loop.
  14.             if (processingControl.offsetParent != null) {
  15.                 processingParent = processingControl.offsetParent;
  16.                 positionTop += processingParent.offsetTop;
  17.                 positionLeft += processingParent.offsetLeft;
  18.                 processingControl = processingParent;
  19.                 continueLoop = true;
  20.             }
  21.             else {
  22.                 continueLoop = false;
  23.             }
  24.         } while (continueLoop);
  25.  
  26.         sender._popupDiv.parentElement.style.top = positionTop + ‘px’;
  27.         sender._popupDiv.parentElement.style.left = positionLeft + ‘px’;
  28.     }
  29. </script>

Then call the function showCalendar on onClientShown event of the calendar extender as seen below.

  1. <cc2:calendarextender id="calExpiry" runat="server" targetcontrolid="txtExpiry"
  2.     format="dd MMM yyyy" popupbuttonid="imgExpiry" enabled="True" onclientshown="showCalendar">
  3. </cc2:calendarextender>

Both of the above methods will correct the appearance of the popup calendar of the AJAX Calendar Extender as seen below.

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When you put an Ajax Calendar Extender inside of a GridView you will see the calendar without any styling on it meaning the calendar will show only the dates overlapping with other items on your form. Sometimes some dates might even be missing. See the sample appearances below.

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This happens because the style sheets are not loaded at the correct time due to a bug in toolkit, there are several ways to fix this.

One is to add another calendar extender outside of the update panel and keep it hidden.

Another is to disable partial rendering in the script manager. But this will slow down your site reducing the benefits gained from AJAX.

  1. <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" EnablePartialRendering="false" runat="server">
  2. </asp:ScriptManager>

My chosen method is to add the styles manually to the style sheet. To move forward this way simply copy the following styles which are used by the calendar extender to your style sheet.

  1. .ajax__calendar_container {padding:4px;cursor:default;width:170px;font-size:11px;text-align:center;font-family:tahoma,verdana,helvetica;}
  2. .ajax__calendar_body {height:139px;width:170px;position:relative;overflow:hidden;margin:auto;}
  3. .ajax__calendar_days, .ajax__calendar_months, .ajax__calendar_years {top:0px;left:0px;height:139px;width:170px;position:absolute;text-align:center;margin:auto;}
  4. .ajax__calendar_container TABLE {padding:0px;margin:0px;font-size:11px;}
  5. .ajax__calendar_container TD {padding:0px;margin:0px;font-size:11px;}
  6. .ajax__calendar_header {height:20px;width:100%;}
  7. .ajax__calendar_prev {cursor:pointer;width:15px;height:15px;float:left;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:50% 50%;background-image:url(../images/arrow-left.gif);}
  8. .ajax__calendar_next {cursor:pointer;width:15px;height:15px;float:right;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:50% 50%;background-image:url(../images/arrow-right.gif);}
  9. .ajax__calendar_title {cursor:pointer;font-weight:bold; margin-left:15px; margin-right:15px;}
  10. .ajax__calendar_footer {height:15px;}
  11. .ajax__calendar_today {cursor:pointer;padding-top:3px;}
  12. .ajax__calendar_dayname {height:17px;width:17px;text-align:right;padding:0 2px;}
  13. .ajax__calendar_day {height:17px;width:18px;text-align:right;padding:0 2px;cursor:pointer;}
  14. .ajax__calendar_month {height:44px;width:40px;text-align:center;cursor:pointer;overflow:hidden;}
  15. .ajax__calendar_year {height:44px;width:40px;text-align:center;cursor:pointer;overflow:hidden;}
  16.  
  17. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_container {border:1px solid #646464;background-color:#ffffff;color:#000000;}
  18. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_footer {border-top:1px solid #f5f5f5;}
  19. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_dayname {border-bottom:1px solid #f5f5f5;}
  20. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_day {border:1px solid #ffffff;}
  21. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_month {border:1px solid #ffffff;}
  22. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_year {border:1px solid #ffffff;}
  23.  
  24. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_active .ajax__calendar_day {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#0066cc;color:#0066cc;}
  25. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_active .ajax__calendar_month {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#0066cc;color:#0066cc;}
  26. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_active .ajax__calendar_year {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#0066cc;color:#0066cc;}
  27.  
  28. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_today .ajax__calendar_day {border-color:#0066cc;}
  29. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_today .ajax__calendar_month {border-color:#0066cc;}
  30. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_today .ajax__calendar_year {border-color:#0066cc;}
  31.  
  32. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_other .ajax__calendar_day {background-color:#ffffff;border-color:#ffffff;color:#646464;}
  33. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_other .ajax__calendar_year {background-color:#ffffff;border-color:#ffffff;color:#646464;}
  34.  
  35. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_hover .ajax__calendar_day {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#daf2fc;color:#0066cc;}
  36. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_hover .ajax__calendar_month {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#daf2fc;color:#0066cc;}
  37. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_hover .ajax__calendar_year {background-color:#edf9ff;border-color:#daf2fc;color:#0066cc;}
  38.  
  39. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_hover .ajax__calendar_title {color:#0066cc;}
  40. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_hover .ajax__calendar_today {color:#0066cc;}
  41.  
  42. /* styles for invalid dates as defined by startDate and endDate*/
  43. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_invalid .ajax__calendar_day {background-color:#ffffff;border-color:#ffffff; color:#646464; text-decoration:line-through; cursor:default;}
  44. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_invalid .ajax__calendar_month {background-color:#ffffff;border-color:#ffffff; color:#646464; text-decoration:line-through; cursor:default;}
  45. .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_invalid .ajax__calendar_year {background-color:#ffffff;border-color:#ffffff; color:#646464; text-decoration:line-through; cursor:default;}
  46.   .ajax__calendar .ajax__calendar_invalid .ajax__calendar_today{visibility:hidden; cursor:default;}

Note that the above CSS uses the “arrow-left.gif” and “arrow-right.gif” for the previous and next buttons. If you want, you can use any other image which suits you. In case you need the originals they are below. To correctly show the previous and next buttons you need to place these images on to the “Images” folder under your project. If the folder is different in your project please change the image paths in the above CSS.

  • arrow-left.gif – arrow-left
  • arrow-right.gif – arrow-right

After doing all this remember to link the style sheet to your web page.

  1. <link href="Styles/Site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

If you have done everything correctly your calendar will be shown properly while residing inside of the grid.

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