#1,116 – An Example of Output that Obeys CurrentCulture

The first step in internationalizing an application is to respect the current regional settings when outputting numeric, date/time, or currency values.

Below is an example of an application that displays numeric and date/time values, using the ToString method for instances of double and DateTime.

    <StackPanel>
        <StackPanel Margin="10" Orientation="Horizontal">
            <StackPanel>
                <Label Name="lbl1"/>
                <Label Name="lbl2"/>
                <Label Name="lbl3"/>
                <Label Name="lbl4"/>
                <Label Name="lbl5"/>
            </StackPanel>
            <StackPanel>
                <Label Name="lbl6"/>
                <Label Name="lbl7"/>
            </StackPanel>
        </StackPanel>
        <Button Content="Gen Strings" Padding="10,5"
                Margin="10"
                Click="Button_Click"/>
    </StackPanel>

In the Click event handler, we set the labels’ content.

        private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            DateTime rightNow = DateTime.Now;

            lbl1.Content = rightNow.ToString();
            lbl2.Content = rightNow.ToString("d");  // short date
            lbl3.Content = rightNow.ToString("D");  // long date
            lbl4.Content = rightNow.ToString("t");  // short time
            lbl5.Content = rightNow.ToString("T");  // long time

            double num = 123456.789;
            lbl6.Content = num.ToString();
            lbl7.Content = num.ToString("n");
        }

With regional settings set to English (United States), the output looks like this:

1116-001

If I change my region to French (France), the formatting changes as expected.

1116-003

1116-004

About Sean
Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

One Response to #1,116 – An Example of Output that Obeys CurrentCulture

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