The goal of the datepicker widget is to populate a text
input element once the user makes a selection. So the widget has two uses for the
input element. First, it listens for
focus events on the
input element. This is how it knows when to display the calendar selector. Second, once the selection is made, the
input element value is updated to reflect the date in the chosen format.
Presenting the user with an
input element would work fine in the majority of cases. But perhaps for some reason, an input doesn't suit your UI well. Maybe we need a different approach to displaying the calendar and storing/displaying the selection.
In this section, we'll look at an alternative approach to just using the datepicker
input element. We'll ...