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CultureInfo.OptionalCalendars Property

Gets the list of calendars that can be used by the culture.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual Calendar[] OptionalCalendars { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.Calendar[]
An array of type Calendar that represents the calendars that can be used by the culture represented by the current CultureInfo.

Your application changes the calendar used by the current CultureInfo by setting the Calendar property of DateTimeFormat, which is an instance of the DateTimeFormatInfo class. The new calendar must be one of the calendars listed in OptionalCalendars. DateTimeFormat also includes other properties that customize the date and time formatting associated with that Calendar.

The following code example demonstrates how to determine the GregorianCalendar versions supported by the culture.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Gets the calendars supported by the ar-SA culture.
      Calendar[] myOptCals = new CultureInfo("ar-SA").OptionalCalendars;

      // Checks which ones are GregorianCalendar then determines the GregorianCalendar version.
      Console.WriteLine( "The ar-SA culture supports the following calendars:" );
      foreach ( Calendar cal in myOptCals )  {
         if ( cal.GetType() == typeof( GregorianCalendar ) )  {
            GregorianCalendar myGreCal = (GregorianCalendar) cal;
            GregorianCalendarTypes calType = myGreCal.CalendarType;
            Console.WriteLine( "   {0} ({1})", cal, calType );
         }
         else  {
            Console.WriteLine( "   {0}", cal );
         }
      }

   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

The ar-SA culture supports the following calendars:
   System.Globalization.HijriCalendar
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (USEnglish)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (MiddleEastFrench)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (Arabic)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (Localized)
   System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar (TransliteratedFrench)

*/

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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