DateTimeFormatInfo.GetAbbreviatedEraName Method

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Returns the string containing the abbreviated name of the specified era, if an abbreviation exists.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)


Public Function GetAbbreviatedEraName ( _
    era As Integer _
) As String
public string GetAbbreviatedEraName(
    int era


Return Value

Type: System.String
A string containing the abbreviated name of the specified era, if an abbreviation exists; or a string containing the full name of the era, if an abbreviation does not exist.


Exception Condition

era does not represent a valid era in the calendar specified in the Calendar property.


The era name is the name a calendar uses to refer to a period of time reckoned from a fixed point or event. For example, "A.D." or "C.E." is the current era in the Gregorian calendar.

The valid values for era are returned by the Eras property of the appropriate class derived from Calendar. For example, the JapaneseCalendar.Eras property returns an array of integers that represent the eras that are supported by this implementation.

In the JapaneseCalendar, the abbreviated era name is the first character of the full era name. This character is either the single-character case-insensitive Latin alphabet abbreviation or the single-character Kanji abbreviation.

Notes to Callers

If DateTimeFormatInfo.Calendar is the TaiwanCalendar but the Thread.CurrentCulture is not "zh-TW", then GetEraName and GetAbbreviatedEraName return an empty string ("").

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


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