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Char.GetUnicodeCategory Method (Char)

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

The Unicode character to categorize.

Return Value

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

The Char.GetUnicodeCategory method does not always return the same UnicodeCategory value as the CharUnicodeInfo.GetUnicodeCategory(Char) method when it is 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 code 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"
	}
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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