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DateTimeFormatInfo.UniversalSortableDateTimePattern Property

Gets the custom format string for a universal, sortable date and time string.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public string UniversalSortableDateTimePattern { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The custom format string for a universal, sortable date and time string.

The UniversalSortableDateTimePattern property defines the format of date strings that are returned by calls to the DateTime.ToString and DateTimeOffset.ToString methods and by composite format strings that are supplied the "u" standard format string. It can be used to display dates and times in a sortable order with the universal time designator "Z" at the end. The format is sortable because it uses leading zeros for year, month, day, hour, minute, and second. The custom format string ("yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'") is the same regardless of culture or format provider.

The following example displays the value of UniversalSortableDateTimePattern for a few cultures.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesDTFI  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Displays the values of the pattern properties.
      Console.WriteLine( " CULTURE    PROPERTY VALUE" );
      PrintPattern( "en-US" );
      PrintPattern( "ja-JP" );
      PrintPattern( "fr-FR" );

   }

   public static void PrintPattern( String myCulture )  {

      DateTimeFormatInfo myDTFI = new CultureInfo( myCulture, false ).DateTimeFormat;
      Console.WriteLine( "  {0}     {1}", myCulture, myDTFI.UniversalSortableDateTimePattern );

   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

 CULTURE    PROPERTY VALUE
  en-US     yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'
  ja-JP     yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'
  fr-FR     yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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