Implementing theÂ HTML 5 "date" field, except broken, isn't helping. Web developers are supposed to just be able to test for browser support, use something like jQuery as a stopgap, and everything will magically work via HTML 5 in the future. Opera has a nice little dropdown calendar. Internet Explorer and Firefox don't do anything. They get this.
Chrome renders date fields as a spinbox starting on September 15th, 1582 (1582-09-15). Safari claims to support them, but just prevents the user from submitting the form. You two, this is the very definition of "not getting it."
I am left with little choice. jQuery UI for everyone! I hope you're happy.