I am replicating a fillable/savable form from LiveCycle with LaTeX using \CheckBox and \TextField items. I would also like to replicate the pop-up calendar / datepicker feature. I am aware of the insDLJS package which sounds like I could program one in JS, but does anyone know of a simpler method?

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    Can you provide an MWE of related functionality? I'm not familiar with a lot of the stuff you're talking about. Jun 13, 2015 at 16:21
  • The forms are generated using the hyperref package. The date picker is essentially a text field which when clicked opens a calendar / date picker; the selection is then entered as a formatted date in the text box. I am asking whether I need to learn JS to program one through insDLJS or if there are alternatives?
    – Benjamin
    Jun 15, 2015 at 16:41
  • I understand what the final result is; I do not understand how to get it (text boxes, check boxes, etc.) up and going. I've never had the need to create such a PDF. Please provide a MWE. Jun 15, 2015 at 17:13
  • ... maybe a look at the package will help ... datepicker-pro on CTAN
    – user151328
    Jan 13, 2019 at 21:13
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    From Ctan: This package has become obsolete as of December 2020. Since December 2020, Adobe no longer supports Flash player
    – NBur
    Jan 16 at 9:28

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As mentioned in https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/488757/2388 there is an inbuilt date picker in recent adobe reader. The answer show how to use it with hyperref, so here as an alternative the code for l3pdffield-testphase. Notice that the javascript need an additional parentheses pair.


Pick up a date:
   name      =mydate, 
   format    ={(AFDate_FormatEx("dd.mm.yyyy");)},
   keystroke ={(AFDate_KeystrokeEx("dd.mm.yyyy");)}


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