The System.Globalization namespace provides
classes that assist in localization of applications based on language
and culture. The CultureInfo class is the primary
container for a set of resources that is used for a specified
language and culture implementation. It describes how strings are
sorted, the specifics of calendars and date and time formats, as well
as language and dialect code pages. An application obtains its
culture information based on either the
CultureInfo specified by the current thread or
from the user or local machine's preferences.
Specific cultural information is contained in resource files deployed
in satellite assemblies.
System.Resources.ResourceManager marshals these
resource files into System.Resources.ResourceSets
that provide the objects and methods specific to a localization.
The System.Globalization namespace provides a base
Calendar class, as well as specific calendar
implementations for major cultures. CompareInfo
defines how string comparison and sorting are handled.
DateTimeFormatInfo defines how
DateTime values are formatted, and
NumberFormatInfo defines various formatting
styles, such as currency symbols and decimal and grouping separators.
Figure 30-1 shows the types in this namespace.
Figure 30-1. The System.Globalization namespace