IsLetter Method (Char)
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Char.IsLetter Method (Char)


Indicates whether the specified Unicode character is categorized as a Unicode letter.

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

public static bool IsLetter(
	char c


Type: System.Char

The Unicode character to evaluate.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if c is a letter; otherwise, false.

This method determines whether a Char is a member of any category of Unicode letter. Unicode letters include the following:

  • Uppercase letters, such as U+0041 (LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A) through U+005A (LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Z), or U+0400 (CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IE WITH GRAVE) through U+042F (CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YA). These characters are members of the UnicodeCategory.UppercaseLetter category.

  • Lowercase letters, such as U+0061 (LATIN SMALL LETTER A) through U+007A (LATIN SMALL LETTER Z), or U+03AC (GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH TONOS) through U+03CE (GREEK SMALL LETTER OMEGA WITH TONOS). These characters are members of the UnicodeCategory.LowercaseLetter category.

  • Title case letters, such as U+01C5 (LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SMALL LETTER Z WITH CARON) or U+1FFC (GREEK CAPITAL LETTER OMEGA WITH PROSGEGRAMMENI). These characters are members of the UnicodeCategory.TitlecaseLetter category.

  • Modifiers, such as U+02B0 (MODIFIER LETTER SMALL H) through U+02C1 (MODIFIER LETTER REVERSED GLOTTAL STOP), or U+1D2C (MODIFIER LETTER CAPITAL A) through U+1D61 (MODIFIER LETTER SMALL CHI). These characters are members of the UnicodeCategory.ModifierLetter category.

  • Other letters, such as U+05D0 (HEBREW LETTER ALEF) through U+05EA (HEBREW LETTER TAV), U+0621 (ARABIC LETTER HAMZA) through U+063A (ARABIC LETTER GHAIN), or U+4E00 (<CJK Ideograph, First>) through U+9FC3 (<CJK Ideograph, Last>). These characters are members of the UnicodeCategory.OtherLetter category.

The following code example demonstrates IsLetter.

using System;

public class IsLetterSample {
	public static void Main() {
		char ch = '8';

		Console.WriteLine(Char.IsLetter(ch));					// False
		Console.WriteLine(Char.IsLetter("sample string", 7));	// True

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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