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DataFormatString in Gridview

dparkes asked
Last Modified: 2008-09-16
I've looked at numerous articles on this topic but have not found a solution that helps in this particular case.

Here is my TemplateField:

                            <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="OrderDateTime" SortExpression="OrderDateTime"  >
                                    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server"
                                        Text='<%# Bind("OrderDateTime", "{0:MM/dd/yyyy}") %>'></asp:Label>
                                    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server"
                                        Text='<%# Eval("OrderDateTime", "{0:MM/dd/yyyy}") %>'></asp:Label>
                                <ItemStyle HorizontalAlign="Left" />

DataFormatString seems to have no effect whatsoever on the appearance of the time string in the Gridview.  I have tried converting the field to an ItemTemplate and tried using HTMLENCODE="false" to no avail.

Does it have something to do with the initial string?  The string being converted is stored as a String in the database, not as a DateTime field.  And a sample of the string is like this: "8/17/2007 17:50:25.9700000".  Is this why DataFormatString doesn't work?   If so should I create a function in Code Behind to do the job?

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