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Get day/month text from Win32

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When you call GetDateFormat() to convert a date to a string, it will return the month and/or day of the week by name (ie:  Monday, May 5, 1998).  The names used are always country/locale specific rather than always english.
Where does Windows store this information?  I searched the registry but couldn't find it.  Is it a resource in a DLL?  If so, which one?
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C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\LOCALE.NLS is where most of the language dependent stuff is stored.
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How do you access it from the API?  Or can you?
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Maybe if you explained what you are trying to do it would help.  You asked where it was stored, and I told you that.
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I need to get the names of all the months and days of the weeks from Windows.  I don't want to just use english.  It's for a customized calendar control.
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by:chensu
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The first parameter LCID Locale of GetDateFormat() is for you to specify the locale. Thus, you can get the names of other languages.
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I realize that, however I need to get *all* of the names of the months and days of the week, not just the current day/month name.

I suppose I could call GetDateFormat() twelve times to get the names of all the months and days of the week, but that seems kind silly if there's a more efficient way.

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Check out the GetLocalInfo() API; it provides the names and format strings for anything that gets localized. (It's silly to go chasing down resources in a DLL when there's a perfectly good API to get what you want.)

char sz[1024];

if (!GetLocaleInfo(LOCALE_USER_DEFAULT, LOCALE_SMONTHNAME1, sz, 1024))
   printf("Something is really, really broken.\n");
else
   printf("The first month is %s\n", sz);

The online help for GetLocaleInfo() explains how to use MAKELANGID() for the first parameter if you want something other than the user default or the system default. The LOCALE_SMONTHNAME1 constant is a locale info type, and the online help enumerates all of the different values you can use for that guy.

Sorry, you still have to make 12 calls to get the 12 strings.

.B ekiM
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That's exactly the answer I was looking for.  It works like a charm, thanks very much.

--Dave
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Remember that the first month or the first day might not be "January" or "Sunday", depending on the customs of the locale.

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The EnumCalendarInfo and EnumCalendarInfoEx functions may also be useful for you.
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