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i have created the following calculation -departure date = (Date ( departure month ; departure day ; departure year ))

however, what i get in return is always '12' for the month; the correct day; but always 1 year less than the entered year.

now, my months are entered as text, and so i know i need to do something radically different here, but do not know how to proceed (for other reasons, auto emails, etc, i need the month as text) -- i need help with this.

and then the year problem, just baffles me. for instance i enter 2008 in the year field, whch returns 12/01/2009 in the departure date field.

any help would be great!

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The Date() function expects a number for the month. When there's no number, the text evaluates as 0, which is the December of previous year.

It's preferable to enter the month as a number - or, even better, enter the date as date. It is both easier and less error-prone to translate a date to text format (e.g. using the MonthName function) then the other way around.

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Hi

there is something that isn't correct here...

You said: "but always 1 year less than the entered year" and after a while you said:

"for instance i enter 2008 in the year field, whch returns 12/01/2009 "

BTW FM7 is smart enought to calc the correct date, even if you set the calc as text result !

So, please, give us more informations about those fields (departure month ; departure day ; departure year )

Perhaps your "Departure month" contains the monthName ?

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If your "departure month" contains the name of the month, you can try this calc to get the number of the month:

Case(

MonthName ( Date ( 1 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 1 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 2 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 2 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 3 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 3 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 4 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 4 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 5 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 5 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 6 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 6 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 7 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 7 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 8 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 8 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 9 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 9 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 10 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 10 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 11 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 11 ;

MonthName ( Date ( 12 ; 1 ; 1 ) ) = departure month ; 12 ;

"?"

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thank you raybaudi.

i did not get the last calculation to work but changed over to a full numeric system at your suggestion and things seem to be working now.

again thank you so much for your attention.

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