Repeat Signage V5 help

Format and culture codes

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Repeat Signage digital signage software

Several of the text based controls in Repeat Signage will allow you to display date, time or date and time information.  When you use a date/time you then have the formatting options:

A date such as (UK date format):

03/09/2010 22:51:23

You can then change it's properties to customise this to display any one of the following:

10:51 PM
03 September 2010
03/09/2010 22:51
03 September 2010 10:51 PM
September 2010
Custom format that combine any of the above

Culture codes

Culture codes are optional.  If this is left blank then it uses the computers default culture which depends on control panel settings, which is most likely to be UK or US English.  This is only useful when displaying the names of days or months in non-English languages such as French, Spanish, etc.

For example, the format code (see above) for displaying the name of the month is:


If the culture code is set to en-UK or en-US and the month is 'June' then we get:


If we used the Italian culture code of it-IT then we would get:


Code Description
en-UK English (British)
en-US English (US)
fr-FR French (France)
es-ES Spanish (Spain)
es-MX Spanish (Mexico)

For other countries, a list of these codes is available at:

Select date/time format

Select a display format for your text clock.  You can pick 'TIME', 'DATE', etc from the list and see how the current date/time previews.  This puts a code such as 'dd MMMM yyyy' in the  'Date/time format box'.  This then formats the date or time based on this code.  These are programming codes which determine how the current date or time is displayed.  These codes are complex but we have left this open to allow maximum flexibility.   To format a code other than one of the standard ones, it is easiest to click on each of the types in turn, such as 'TIME', 'DATE', 'DATE IN WORDS', etc and look at the codes needed to display in a format you need common codes that you may need are:

Code Description
HH Hour number such as 08
mm Minutes number such as 45
ss Seconds number such as 23
dd Day number such as 30
dddd Day name such as Tuesday
MM Month number such as 01
MMMM Month name such as January
yyyy Year number such as 2010

You can also use separates such as '/' or ':' characters, commas (,) and spaces to display a date or time in the format required.

A programmers reference for these codes is available at (but this isn't for the faint hearted):