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    Date.prototype.toDateString()

    Summary

    The toDateString() method returns the date portion of a Date object in human readable form in American English.

    Syntax

    dateObj.toDateString()

    Description

    Date instances refer to a specific point in time. Calling toString() will return the date formatted in a human readable form in American English. In SpiderMonkey, this consists of the date portion (day, month, and year) followed by the time portion (hours, minutes, seconds, and time zone). Sometimes it is desirable to obtain a string of the date portion; such a thing can be accomplished with the toDateString() method.

    The toDateString() method is especially useful because compliant engines implementing ECMA-262 may differ in the string obtained from toString() for Date objects, as the format is implementation-dependent and simple string slicing approaches may not produce consistent results across multiple engines.

    Examples

    Example: A basic usage of toDateString()

    var d = new Date(1993, 6, 28, 14, 39, 7);
    
    console.log(d.toString());     // prints Wed Jul 28 1993 14:39:07 GMT-0600 (PDT)
    console.log(d.toDateString()); // prints Wed Jul 28 1993
    

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    ECMAScript 3rd Edition. Standard Initial definition.
    ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Date.prototype.toDateString' in that specification.
    Standard  
    ECMAScript 6 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Date.prototype.toDateString' in that specification.
    Draft  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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