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,
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, new DateFormatSymbols(aLocale)).
DateFormatSymbols objects are clonable. 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.
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