rcozens at pon.net
Sun Dec 14 09:02:04 EST 2003
>I'm working on the problem to know the decimal separator defined in
>the system, on MacOS X and W2K.
While one can use "system date" syntax to find the date separator and
order of the month, day, & year elements, I have found no way to
determine the Control Panel settings for decimal & thousands
separators and the currency symbol via Transcript.
Lacking "system numberFormat" syntax, I created my own solution: All
number formatting handlers in Serendipity Library look for a
numberEditMask property in the calling stack. If the property is
empty, the Library displays a modal "Number Edit Mask" dialog stack
to set it. From the dialog the user can enter a one-char thousands
separator, a one-char decimal separator, a one to three char currency
symbol, and instructions as to whether the currency symbol is
prefixed or appended.
I don't particularly like the fact that the user must be prompted for
number formatting preferences even when they are already known to the
OS; but lacking a means of discovery via Transcript otherwise, what's
a mother to do?
Adding system date/time functions was a step in the right direction
for localization (except system time doesn't return any time
separator other than ":", regardless of the system settings); however
the job won't be completely finished until Transcript can also inform
the developer what number format is in use on the currently-running
system. Until that happens, I humbly offer Serendipity Library's
number formatting support:
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
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