I am trying to use a utility method to format the date which is coming as a string. The method is a static method which accepts string as a parameter and returns a formatted date.


public with sharing class Utility {
   public static String FormatDate(String s) {
        if(s != null || s!= '') {
            String[] dt = s.split('-');
            return dt[1]+'-'+dt[2]+'-'+dt[0];
        } else {
            return '';


Visualforce code:

<apex:page controller="ExportController" contentType="text/csv#{!fileName}.csv" 
        showHeader="false" sidebar="false" standardStylesheets="false">
    "Order #","Document Date","Purchase Order #","Sales Org","Amount","Currency","Products"
     <apex:repeat value="{!OpenSalesOrders}" var="oso">


Unknown function Utility.FormatDate. Check spelling.

How to call a static method in an expression in visualforce page? Any ideas?

1 Answer 1


Unfortunately (and perhaps surprisingly) you can't in a Visualforce expression.

See this answer Rendering a Conditional Format for VisualForce Table Cell for the normal work-around of using a wrapper class.

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