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What do the numbers inside the square brackets mean?  There doesn't seem to be any difference between
[$-F800]dddd, mmmm dd, yyyy
and
dddd, mmmm dd, yyyy
Both of the above formats generate: Monday, November 07, 2016
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The [$-F800] is specifying the system date format, as set on your computer. The format after it can be any date format and it will have no impact on the displayed format.

So this...

[$-F800]dddd, mmmm dd, yyyy

...will return the same date format as this...

[$-F800]dd-mmm-yy
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Can you explain the meaning of the numbers/symbols?
There's also a F-409.
[$-409]dddd, mmmm dd, yyyy
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The number is just the locale code. 409 specifies English - United States. It allows you to use the regional date format for the specified locale, regardless of what system format is on the users computer.
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