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Char.GetNumericValue Method (Char)

Converts the specified numeric Unicode character to a double-precision floating point number.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static double GetNumericValue(
	char c
)

Parameters

c
Type: System.Char

The Unicode character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Double
The numeric value of c if that character represents a number; otherwise, -1.0.

The c parameter must be the Char representation of a numeric value. For example, if c is "5", the return value is 5. However, if c is "z", the return value is -1.0.

A character has an associated numeric value if and only if it is a member of one of the following UnicodeCategory categories: DecimalDigitNumber, LetterNumber, or OtherNumber.

The GetNumericValue method assumes that c corresponds to a single linguistic character and checks whether that character can be converted to a decimal digit. However, some numbers in the Unicode standard are represented by two Char objects that form a surrogate pair. For example, the Aegean numbering system consists of code points U+10107 through U+10133. The following example uses the ConvertFromUtf32 method to instantiate a string that represents AEGEAN NUMBER ONE. As the output from the example shows, the GetNumericValue(Char) method returns -1 if it is passed either a high surrogate or a low surrogate of this character.

int utf32 = 0x10107;       // AEGEAN NUMBER ONE 
string surrogate = Char.ConvertFromUtf32(utf32);
foreach (var ch in surrogate)
   Console.WriteLine("U+{0:X4}: {1}    ", Convert.ToUInt16(ch), 
                                          Char.GetNumericValue(ch));

// The example displays the following output: 
//       U+D800: -1 
//       U+DD07: -1

The following example demonstrates GetNumericValue.

using System;

public class GetNumericValueSample {
	public static void Main() {
		string str = "input: 1";

		Console.WriteLine(Char.GetNumericValue('8'));		// Output: "8"
		Console.WriteLine(Char.GetNumericValue(str, 7));	// Output: "1"
	}
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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