NSDateFormatter: difference between weekdaySymbols and standaloneWeekdaySymbols?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Thomas Harte, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Thomas Harte macrumors 6502

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    It seems that Apple expect me to know the difference between a standalone weekday symbol and an ordinary weekday symbol for the purposes of NSDateFormatter without any further exposition, but I'm unable to figure it out.

    For my locale (en_GB), the two calls return exactly the same thing. I'm not even able to find out whether the difference is a linguistic thing (maybe some languages use different words for the weekdays based on context?) or just a technical thing.

    Can anyone enlighten me and/or point me to the appropriate documentation?
     
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  3. Thomas Harte thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, thanks! For anyone that finds this thread in the future, the relevant quote from the Unicode Consortium documentation is:

    Month, day, and quarter names may vary along two axes: the width and the context. The context is either format (the default), the form used within a date format string (such as "Saturday, November 12th"), or stand-alone, the form used independently, such as in Calendar headers. ​
     

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