CTime::Format()  and regional settings

Posted on 1998-08-24
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Is there a way to access the Windows time/date regional settings when you are creating a format string?  For instance, my date format might be "4 Aug 98" but someone in the States might use "8/4/1998."  and it seems the same code ought to figure this out and adjust its results.
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psdavis earned 720 total points
ID: 1321237
Sure.  There's a whole system of 'locales' to deal with this.  Try:

The GetDateFormat function formats a date as a date string for a specified locale. The function formats either a specified date or the local system date.

int GetDateFormat( LCID Locale,
 // locale for which date is to be formatted
DWORD dwFlags,
 // flags specifying function options
 // date to be formatted
LPCTSTR lpFormat,
 // date format string
LPTSTR lpDateStr,
 // buffer for storing formatted string
int cchDate
 // size of buffer



Expert Comment

ID: 1321238
There's a real good discussion in the 'Going Global' site from Microsoft.



Expert Comment

ID: 1321239
And another with an example on how to display today's date in the current locale.  There's also a small sample code at the site as well.


Also, don't forget to look for the Microsoft Press® book Developing International Software.  I found it very helpful but was disappointed to see the far-east character tables used as filler.

Good Luck



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