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Returns a string describing a given date format using the syntax described below.

Built-in Function handler Edit

Syntax:

the [{ long | abbr[ev[iated]] | short }] [{ english | system }] dateFormat

Examples:

put the long dateFormat into stringToParse

Use the dateFormat function to obtain the general format of the date for further processing.

The dateFormat function returns a string containing one or more formatting incantations, each of which describes a part of the requested date format. The possible incantations are as follows:

%a Abbreviated weekday name: the abbreviated day of the week, as reported by the weekdayNames function

%A Full weekday name: the full day of the week, as reported by the weekdayNames function

%b Abbreviated month name: the abbreviated month name, as reported by the monthNames function

%B Full month name: the full month name, as reported by the monthNames function

%d Day of the month: the day of the month as a number

%m Month number: the number of the month

%y Two-digit year: the year as a two-digit number

%Y Four-digit year: This incantation indicates the year as a four-digit number (including the century)

%w Day of the week: A number between 1 and 7

The dateFormat differs from other date/time functionality in that the default is to return information relative to the system locale. i.e. the dateFormat is equivalent to the system dateFormat

See also: monthNames (function),format (function),date (function),weekdayNames (function),useSystemDate (property),

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