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CultureInfo.IsNeutralCulture Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current CultureInfo represents a neutral culture.

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

public virtual bool IsNeutralCulture { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current CultureInfo represents a neutral culture; otherwise, false.

A neutral culture is a culture that is associated with a language but not with a country or region. It differs from a specific culture, which is a culture that is associated with both a language and a country or region. For example, fr is the name for the neutral French culture, while fr-FR is the name for the French culture in France.

If this property returns false, the culture is either a specific culture or the invariant culture.

The following code example determines which cultures using the Chinese language are neutral cultures.

NoteNote

The example displays the older zh-CHS and zh-CHT culture names with the 0x0004 and 0x7C04 culture identifiers, respectively. However, your Windows Vista applications should use the zh-Hans name instead of zh-CHS and the zh-Hant name instead of zh-CHT. The zh-Hans and zh-Hant names represent the current standard, and should be used unless you have a reason for using the older names.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCultureInfo
{

   public static void Main()
   {

      // Lists the cultures that use the Chinese language and determines if each is a neutral culture. 
      foreach (CultureInfo ci in CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.AllCultures))
      {
         if (ci.TwoLetterISOLanguageName == "zh")
         {
            Console.Write("{0,-7} {1,-40}", ci.Name, ci.EnglishName);
            if (ci.IsNeutralCulture)
            {
               Console.WriteLine(": neutral");
                }
            else
            {
               Console.WriteLine(": specific");
            }
         }
      }

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

zh-Hans Chinese (Simplified)                    : neutral
zh-TW   Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)           : specific
zh-CN   Chinese (Simplified, PRC)               : specific
zh-HK   Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong S.A.R.) : specific
zh-SG   Chinese (Simplified, Singapore)         : specific
zh-MO   Chinese (Traditional, Macao S.A.R.)     : specific
zh      Chinese                                 : neutral
zh-Hant Chinese (Traditional)                   : neutral
zh-CHS  Chinese (Simplified) Legacy             : neutral
zh-CHT  Chinese (Traditional) Legacy            : neutral

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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