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crystal report formula - crShortMonth

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Hello Experts
I am trying to customise the date in the report to appear in the german format

DD. MON YYYY

ex: 1. Jan 2013

I am using the crShortMonth to show the short month.

The question I have here how can I check if the month is Mar then show it as "Mär"

 Please adivse

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by:peter57r
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Are you saying you want to produce german output when you on a machine that has non-german regional settings?
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by:mlmcc
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What version of Crystal?

You may need to either change the regional settings to be German or use a German edition of Crystal.

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Hi

>> Are you saying you want to produce german output when you on a machine that has non-german regional settings?

Yes please

>>What version of Crystal?

 11.0.0.2495

Can I not use string compare to check if mon =  "Mar" then , return "Mär" ?

Please advise

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Have you tried that?

Do you have the appropriate German font loaded?

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You might try a simple test.  Create a formula that just has a string that contains all of the German month names that you want to see.  Something like:

"Jan Feb Mar Apr May <and so on, but in German>"

 Put that formula on the report and see if the names come out correctly on the report.  If they look OK in the report preview, you should probably also try printing the report, to make sure that they print correctly.

 If so, then you could theoretically just use a formula to convert the date to a string with the German months.  For example:

Local StringVar Array Month_names := [ "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", "Oct", "Nov", "Dec" ];

CStr (Day (CurrentDate), "#") + ". " + Month_names [ Month (CurrentDate) ] + " " + CStr (Year (CurrentDate), "#")


 You'd replace those English month names with the German versions, and replace CurrentDate if necessary (eg. if this is a date field and not just today's date).  If the date is in a field, you may want/need to make sure that it's not null, to avoid possible errors.

 There are, of course, any number of other ways that you could handle it.  That's just one approach.  FWIW, I think using an array for the month names simplifies things.

 James
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