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Subject: RE: Calender support
From: cknell@xxxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 11:33:28 -0400
RE:  Calender support
When I look at the signature of the format-date() function I see this format:

format-date(date, picture, language, calendar, country)

with the latter three arguments being optional.

Looking at your use:
format-date(current-date(), '[Y١] [Mn] [D١]', 'Islamic', 'SH', 'SH'),

The "date" part is OK.

I can't tell anything about the picture parts. It seems I don't have the correct code page to display the Arabic script. Do you have the correct code page on your computer and is the "encoding" attribute set correctly on the xsl:output element?

According to my (very little) research, what's needed in the "language" argument is a two-letter ISO code for the language. "Islamic" is definitely not that. The "SH" in the calendar and country positions gives me a clue that you may want Farsi as the language, in which case the language code should be "fa". If you want the Arabic alphabet, set the language code to "ar"

Try this:

format-date(current-date(), '[Y١] [Mn] [D١]', 'fa', 'SH', 'SH') 
format-date(current-date(), '[Y١] [Mn] [D١]', 'ar', 'SH', 'SH'),

Please remember that I'm not offering any advice regarding the "picture", as I don't have the code page on my system that would display the characters correctly.

Charles Knell
cknell@xxxxxxxxxx - email

-----Original Message-----
From:     tom tom <tomxsllist@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent:     Mon, 31 Jul 2006 14:25:04 +0100
To:       xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:   Calender support

I wish to convert a date from the Christian calender to the Hijri (Islamic) 
calender. I am using XSLT 2.0 with Saxon 8. I have tried various 
permutations and differences of the following:

<xsl:sequence select="format-date(current-date(), '[Y&#1633;] [Mn] 
[D&#1633;]', 'Islamic', 'SH', 'SH')"/>

This prints the year and day in arabic but remains in the Christian 
calender. The character &#1633; doesn't seem to work with [Mn] either. Can 
anyone advise what I should be doing here? Does Saxon support the arabic 
calender and does it support other calenders?



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