DateFormatSymbols

public class DateFormatSymbols extends Object
implements Serializable Cloneable

DateFormatSymbols is a public class for encapsulating localizable date-time formatting data, such as the names of the months, the names of the days of the week, and the time zone data. DateFormat and SimpleDateFormat both use DateFormatSymbols to encapsulate this information.

Typically you shouldn't use DateFormatSymbols directly. Rather, you are encouraged to create a date-time formatter with the DateFormat class's factory methods: getTimeInstance, getDateInstance, or getDateTimeInstance. These methods automatically create a DateFormatSymbols for the formatter so that you don't have to. After the formatter is created, you may modify its format pattern using the setPattern method. For more information about creating formatters using DateFormat's factory methods, see DateFormat.

If you decide to create a date-time formatter with a specific format pattern for a specific locale, you can do so with:

 new SimpleDateFormat(aPattern, DateFormatSymbols.getInstance(aLocale)).
 

DateFormatSymbols objects are cloneable. When you obtain a DateFormatSymbols object, feel free to modify the date-time formatting data. For instance, you can replace the localized date-time format pattern characters with the ones that you feel easy to remember. Or you can change the representative cities to your favorite ones.

New DateFormatSymbols subclasses may be added to support SimpleDateFormat for date-time formatting for additional locales.

Public Constructor Summary

DateFormatSymbols()
Construct a DateFormatSymbols object by loading format data from resources for the default locale.
DateFormatSymbols(Locale locale)
Construct a DateFormatSymbols object by loading format data from resources for the given locale.

Public Method Summary

Object
clone()
Overrides Cloneable
boolean
equals(Object obj)
Override equals
String[]
getAmPmStrings()
Gets ampm strings.
static Locale[]
getAvailableLocales()
Returns an array of all locales for which the getInstance methods of this class can return localized instances.
String[]
getEras()
Gets era strings.
final static DateFormatSymbols
getInstance()
Gets the DateFormatSymbols instance for the default locale.
final static DateFormatSymbols
getInstance(Locale locale)
Gets the DateFormatSymbols instance for the specified locale.
String
getLocalPatternChars()
Gets localized date-time pattern characters.
String[]
getMonths()
Gets month strings.
String[]
getShortMonths()
Gets short month strings.
String[]
getShortWeekdays()
Gets short weekday strings.
String[]
getWeekdays()
Gets weekday strings.
String[][]
getZoneStrings()
Gets time zone strings.
int
hashCode()
Override hashCode.
void
setAmPmStrings(String[] newAmpms)
Sets ampm strings.
void
setEras(String[] newEras)
Sets era strings.
void
setLocalPatternChars(String newLocalPatternChars)
Sets localized date-time pattern characters.
void
setMonths(String[] newMonths)
Sets month strings.
void
setShortMonths(String[] newShortMonths)
Sets short month strings.
void
setShortWeekdays(String[] newShortWeekdays)
Sets short weekday strings.
void
setWeekdays(String[] newWeekdays)
Sets weekday strings.
void
setZoneStrings(String[][] newZoneStrings)
Sets time zone strings.

Inherited Method Summary

Public Constructors

public DateFormatSymbols ()

Construct a DateFormatSymbols object by loading format data from resources for the default locale. This constructor can only construct instances for the locales supported by the Java runtime environment, not for those supported by installed DateFormatSymbolsProvider<