How to force currency symbol on gridview at runtime

Hi experts,

In a gridview that uses...

DataFormatString= "{0:C2}"

...is there any way of forcing the currency symbol?  We run a site that uses the same code-base for a US site and a UK site and I want to leave the global culture as GB but be able to force the currency symbol to $ when the customer is from the US.  How do I do this?

Any help much appreciated as always...

Jay
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jammy-d0dgerAuthor Commented:
sorry, I meant to say, if I need any code-behind, please supply in VB, not C#.  Many thanks.
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MatrixDwellerCommented:
You would need to override the ItemDataBound of the grid and format the string to include which ever currency symbol you want. In this example I make a hyperlink that hits a javascript function.
Private Sub dgList_ItemDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridItemEventArgs) Handles dgList.ItemDataBound
        If e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.AlternatingItem Or e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Item Then
            Dim sID As String = CType(e.Item.FindControl("lblID"), Label).Text
            CType(e.Item.FindControl("lblID"), Label).Text = "<a href=" & Chr(34) & "javascript:Go(" & sID & ")" & Chr(34) & ">View</a>"
        End If
    End Sub

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jammy-d0dgerAuthor Commented:
hmm, sorry, this isn't exactly what I had in mind. I appreciate you can build the display at runtime but I was hoping to be able to force the actual currency based on the session.  So, in other words, I guess what I want to do is change the globalisation culture at runtime based on the site that is being viewed.  Is that possible?
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MatrixDwellerCommented:
You could also prefix the amount with the currency symbol in your SQL query.

You could use the WebUtils.SetUserLocale(currencySymbol) to set the user locale. That's not going to convert your values from US$ to Euro or Pounds etc.

You can get the user's languages by calling this
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.httprequest.userlanguages.aspx
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jammy-d0dgerAuthor Commented:
Apologies for the delay in returning to this question to close it.  Been one of those projects!  In the end, the solution was very easy, in the page_load event, just set the page.culture to either "en-US" or "en-GB".  It's that simple.
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