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Char.GetUnicodeCategory Method (Char)

Updated: December 2010

Categorizes a specified Unicode character into a group identified by one of the UnicodeCategory values.

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

public static UnicodeCategory GetUnicodeCategory(
	char c
)

Parameters

c
Type: System.Char

A Unicode character.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.UnicodeCategory
A UnicodeCategory value that identifies the group that contains c.

The GetUnicodeCategory method does not always return the same UnicodeCategory value as the CharUnicodeInfo.GetUnicodeCategory(Char) method when passed a particular character as a parameter. The CharUnicodeInfo.GetUnicodeCategory(Char) method is designed to reflect the current version of the Unicode standard. In contrast, although the Char.GetUnicodeCategory method usually reflects the current version of the Unicode standard, it may return a character's category based on a previous version of the standard or it may return a category that differs from the current standard in order to preserve backward compatibility. As a result, we recommend that you use the CharUnicodeInfo.GetUnicodeCategory(Char) method instead of Char.GetUnicodeCategory(Char).

The following example demonstrates GetUnicodeCategory.

using System;

public class GetUnicodeCategorySample {
	public static void Main() {
		char ch2 = '2';
		string str = "Upper Case";

		Console.WriteLine(Char.GetUnicodeCategory('a'));		// Output: "LowercaseLetter"
		Console.WriteLine(Char.GetUnicodeCategory(ch2));		// Output: "DecimalDigitNumber"
		Console.WriteLine(Char.GetUnicodeCategory(str, 6));		// Output: "UppercaseLetter"
	}
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

December 2010

Noted that the CharUnicodeInfo.GetUnicodeCategory method is recommended.

Information enhancement.

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