Formatting SS#

Posted on 2006-07-05
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Need to format Social Security number but the DataFormatString is not cmoing out right... I have {0:###-##-####}. The value in the DB is just a number, no dashes, but I want to display it as a SS#. I formatted the dates to show MM-dd-yyyy, so why isn't the SS# coming up?
Question by:marcivry
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by:Carl Tawn
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It sounds like it might not be treating you value as a number. Take this as an example:

    int ss = 123456789;
    string formattedSS = string.Format("{0:###-##-####}", ss);

Or in VB:

    Dim ss As Integer = 123456789
    Dim formattedSS As String = String.Format("{0:###-##-####}", ss)
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ID: 17045763
Where should your SS# appear? GridView?
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dfu23 earned 500 total points
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The pound (#) signs are for displaying numeric data ... and even though the SS# is a bunch of numbers the dashes are what is throwing things off.

I would just split out the parts of the string as needed to make the display you want since the data will always be the same length:

mySSN.Substring(0, 3) + "-" + mySSN.Substring(3, 2) + "-" + mySSN.Substring(5);

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ID: 17050251
So, How should I code it? Is it within the script tags or should i do a code behind?

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