CultureInfo.OptionalCalendars Property


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

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

Public Overridable ReadOnly Property OptionalCalendars As Calendar()

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.

Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCultureInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Gets the calendars supported by the ar-SA culture.
      Dim myOptCals As Calendar() = 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:")
      Dim cal As Calendar
      For Each cal In  myOptCals
         If cal.GetType() Is GetType(GregorianCalendar)  Then
            Dim myGreCal As GregorianCalendar = CType(cal, GregorianCalendar)
            Dim calType As GregorianCalendarTypes = myGreCal.CalendarType
            Console.WriteLine("   {0} ({1})", cal, calType)
            Console.WriteLine("   {0}", cal)
         End If
      Next cal

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCultureInfo

'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)

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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