Compatible Localization Techniques

Windows Mobile 6.5
4/19/2010

Windows Mobile devices are used all over the world. To help make sure that an application provides a good user experience in a different locale, do not assume that formatting for strings such as dates and currency are universally recognized.

Use the features built into Windows Mobile to format these strings automatically, according to the locale setting on the device. The following table lists the formatting functions you should use for different types of strings.

Data Type C++ .NET Compact Framework

Date

GetDateFormat

DateTime.ToLongDateString

DateTime.ToShortDateString

Time

GetTimeFormat

DateTime.ToLongTimeString

DateTime.ToShortString

Weekday/Month

GetDateFormat

DateTime.ToString("dddd")

DateTime.ToString("MMMM")

Currency

GetCurrencyFormat

float.ToString("C")

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