Time Picker

Do you need users to pick a time as part of an interactive flow? With the Time Picker element, Symphony users can easily select a time from a list of possible values.

The Time Picker offers to Symphony users the possibility to enter the time in two different ways:

  • Populating the field directly with the keyboard, following the appropriate format and the list of possible values (see attributes strict, min, max, and disabled-time)

  • Clicking on the wished time from the dropdown displayed

MessageML tag

The Time Picker is represented by the <time-picker> tag, as you can see in the examples at the bottom of the page.


You can see below the designs of the time picker.









Identifies the time picker.


String "HH:mm:ss"


Time with ISO_8601 format to be displayed by default by the time picker when rendered for the Symphony user. Overrides the placeholder value.


String (accepting \n for line break)


Description that will be displayed when clicking the tooltip icon located on top of the time picker Element.



Not required but it is recommended if title is defined

The text of the label that will be displayed above the time picker field.


Boolean (true or false)


If true, it specifies that a time must be picked before submitting the form.




Specifies a short hint that describes the expected format of the time picker field. If the attributevalue is entered, the placeholder will not be displayed. If the placeholder is not set, the accepted time format will be displayed by default. Note: We recommend to use the default placeholder. It is better to rely on the label if context is needed, or the title if instructions are needed.


String "HH:mm:ss"


Specifies the earliest acceptable time with ISO_8601 format.

Note: Times earlier than the min are not displayed in the time picker.


String "HH:mm:ss"


Specifies the latest acceptable time with ISO_8601 format.

Note: Times later than the max are not displayed in the time picker.


Json array (in a String format)


Times or ranges of times that cannot be selected by the Symphony user. Maximum length of 1024 characters. There are 2 different patterns: 1. range of times: {"from": "HH:mm:ss", "to": "HH:mm:ss"}, 2. specific time: {"time": "HH:mm:ss"}. Important: single quote ' should wrap the xml parameter. See the examples below for more details.

Note: Disabled times are displayed as disabled values in the time picker.




Format in which the time will be displayed to or should be entered by the Symphony user. Only accepts the letters 'h', 'H', 'm', 's', and 'a' as well as ':' or space as separator. • 'h' (for 12-hour format) and 'H' (for 24-hour format) define the hour. You can use either 1 ('h'; 'H') or 2 ('hh'; 'HH') to define the minimum number of digits displayed (i.e. corresponding to "3" or "03" for the third hour) • 'm' defines the minutes. Similarly to the hours, you can use one or two ('m' or 'mm') • 's' defines the seconds. Similarly to the hours and minutes, you can use one or two ('s' or 'ss')

• 'a' (usually placed after a space) allows to display 'AM' for morning times and 'PM' for afternoon times Note 1: We recommend the use of the default value as much as possible. Note 2: The format only impacts what the end user will see. It does not affect how you have to specify the value, min, max, disabled-time, or the format of the user reply.




Default is 900 (corresponding to15 min)

The stepping interval (in seconds) for the times displayed in the dropdown menu.

Min value: 600 (corresponding to 10 min)

Max value: 43 200 (corresponding to half a day)




Default is false

Enforce that the user cannot select a time that is not in the proposed list (e.g. we want him to only select an hour, he can’t decide to set the field to 9:15, even with the keyboard).

Please note that in addition to this, the value picked will be validated against attributes min, max, and disabled-time.


For the purpose of accessibility, Symphony users can interact with the time picker via their keyboard:

  • First, using "Tab" to enter the component

  • Using "Enter" or "Space" to open the dropdown when focus is on the icon, or just "Enter" when focus is on the input

  • Using "Arrow up" or "Arrow down" to navigate within the dropdown list and using "Enter" to select the preselected value

  • Either "Typing" or pressing "Tab" to go from the hours to the minutes, and then from the minutes to the seconds

  • Either "Deleting" or pressing "Shift+Tab" to go back from the seconds to the minutes, and then from the minutes to the hours

  • Finally using "Tab" to exit the component

Rules and Limitations

  • The max length of any time picker attribute is 256 except disabled-time attribute which max length is set to 1024 characters.

  • If the format entered by the user is not correct or if the time entered is a disabled time, then an error message is displayed to the user. Note that it is not possible for the user to submit the form with an invalid format or disabled time.

  • You can add a default time in your text field by including it in the value parameter. Please note that unlike the placeholder text, the default time will be sent back to the Bot in the user reply when the form is submitted if it is not edited by the user.

  • The time-picker will be supported on the following versions of clients:

    • 20.14 for Client 2.0

    • 20.13 for Client 1.5

Please note that a limited amount of values are displayed in the dropdown of the time picker (see attribute step which minimum is 10 min). However, you can note that the time picker supports a precision to the second (see format attribute). Also, if you don't use the attribute strict, then user will be able to populate the field via their keyboard with any other non-disabled and existing time value than proposed in the list.


The following examples show the time picker being used as follows:

  • The first time-picker (init) shows how to display a default time, as an initial value is entered as parameter. Note that the default value is present in the user reply as it has not been deleted before submitting the form.

  • The second time-picker (placeholder) shows how a placeholder is displayed in the UI. Please note that any text is accepted as input. However, if you compare with the next time-pickers present in the form, you can notice that a default placeholder is generated (with a hint of the correct format to accepted by the time-picker field) in case no placeholder is set.

  • The third time-picker (label) shows how a label ("My Label") is displayed.

  • The fourth time-picker (tooltip) shows how the title attribute ("My Tooltip/n With a second line") is displayed.

  • The fifth time-picker (noreq) shows how a user can interact with a non-required field. Even if the field is empty (only a placeholder text is present but does not count as a value), it does not prevent the user from submitting the form.

  • The sixth time-picker (req) shows the behaviour of the unique required field of the form, which cannot be submitted in case it is not filled.

  • The seventh time-picker (format) shows the way the placeholder evolves to adapt to a new format transmitted thanks to the format parameter. Also please note the accessible interaction with the time-picker via the keyboard.

  • The eighth time-picker (step) shows how to modify the step between 2 consecutive values in the list of times. Please note that a Symphony user can select any other existing time by populating the field with his keyboard.

  • The ninth time-picker (strict_step) shows how to enforce the user to choose among the non-disabled values displayed in the dropdown, thanks to the strict attribute.

  • The tenth time-picker (rules) shows how to interact with the following parameters: min, max, and disabled-time. Please note that a disabled time cannot be entered manually.

  <form id="form_id">
      <time-picker name="init" label="With default value" value="13:51:06" />
      <time-picker name="placeholder" placeholder="Only Placeholder..." />
      <time-picker name="label" label="My Label" />
      <time-picker name="tooltip" label="With Tooltip" title="My Tooltip\n With a second line" />
      <time-picker name="noreq" placeholder="Not required" />
      <time-picker name="req" required="true" placeholder="Required" />
      <time-picker name="format" label="Other Format" format="hh:mm a" />
      <time-picker name="step" label="With a customed time-step" step="600" />
      <time-picker name="strict_step" label="Restricting values to the time-step defined" strict="true" />
      <time-picker name="rules" label="With Disabled values" min="08:00:00" max="17:00:00" disabled-time='[{"from": "12:00:00", "to": "14:00:00"}, {"time": "15:00:00"}]' />
      <button name="time-picker">Submit</button>

Versions and Compatibility

Main features introduced

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Client 2.0 release

Backward client-compatibility behavior (e.g. external rooms)

Initial release



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