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StringInfo Class
 

Provides functionality to split a string into text elements and to iterate through those text elements.

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

SystemObject
  System.GlobalizationStringInfo

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public class StringInfo
[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public ref class StringInfo 
[<SerializableAttribute>]
[<ComVisibleAttribute(true)>]
type StringInfo = class end
<SerializableAttribute>
<ComVisibleAttribute(True)>
Public Class StringInfo
NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethod StringInfo

Initializes a new instance of the StringInfo class.

System_CAPS_pubmethod StringInfo

Initializes a new instance of the StringInfo class to a specified string.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets the number of text elements in the current StringInfo object.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the value of the current StringInfo object.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethod Equals

Indicates whether the current StringInfo object is equal to a specified object.(Overrides ObjectEquals.)

System_CAPS_protmethod Finalize

Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetHashCode

Calculates a hash code for the value of the current StringInfo object.(Overrides ObjectGetHashCode.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod System_CAPS_static GetNextTextElement

Gets the first text element in a specified string.

System_CAPS_pubmethod System_CAPS_static GetNextTextElement

Gets the text element at the specified index of the specified string.

System_CAPS_pubmethod System_CAPS_static GetTextElementEnumerator

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the text elements of the entire string.

System_CAPS_pubmethod System_CAPS_static GetTextElementEnumerator

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the text elements of the string, starting at the specified index.

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetType

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethod MemberwiseClone

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod System_CAPS_static ParseCombiningCharacters

Returns the indexes of each base character, high surrogate, or control character within the specified string.

System_CAPS_pubmethod SubstringByTextElements

Retrieves a substring of text elements from the current StringInfo object starting from a specified text element and continuing through the last text element.

System_CAPS_pubmethod SubstringByTextElements

Retrieves a substring of text elements from the current StringInfo object starting from a specified text element and continuing through the specified number of text elements.

System_CAPS_pubmethod ToString

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

The .NET Framework defines a text element as a unit of text that is displayed as a single character, that is, a grapheme. A text element can be a base character, a surrogate pair, or a combining character sequence. The Unicode Standard defines a surrogate pair as a coded character representation for a single abstract character that consists of a sequence of two code units, where the first unit of the pair is a high surrogate and the second is a low surrogate. The Unicode Standard defines a combining character sequence as a combination of a base character and one or more combining characters. A surrogate pair can represent a base character or a combining character.

The StringInfo class enables you to work with a string as a series of textual elements rather than individual Char objects.

To instantiate a StringInfo object that represents a specified string, you can do either of the following:

  • Call the StringInfo constructor and pass it the string that the StringInfo object is to represent as an argument.

  • Call the default StringInfo constructor, and assign the string that the StringInfo object is to represent to the property.

You can work with the individual text elements in a string in two ways:

The following example illustrates both ways of working with the text elements in a string. It creates two strings:

  • strCombining, which is a string of Arabic characters that includes three text elements with multiple Char objects. The first text element is the base character ARABIC LETTER ALEF (U+-627) followed by ARABIC HAMZA BELOW (U+-655) and ARABIC KASRA (U+0650). The second text element is ARABIC LETTER HEH (U+0647) followed by ARABIC FATHA (U+-64E). The third text element is ARABIC LETTTER BEH (U+0628) followed by ARABIC DAMMATAN (U+064C).

  • strSurrogates, which is a string that includes three surrogate pairs: GREEK ACROPHONIC FIVE TALENTS (U+10148) from the Supplementary Multilingual Plane, U+20026 from the Supplementary Ideographic Plane, and U+F1001 from the private user area. The UTF-16 encoding of each character is a surrogate pair that consists of a high surrogate followed by a low surrogate.

Each string is parsed once by the ParseCombiningCharacters method and then by the GetTextElementEnumerator method. Both methods correctly parse the text elements in the two strings and display the results of the parsing operation.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      // The Unicode code points specify Arabic base characters and 
      // combining character sequences.
      string strCombining = "\u0627\u0655\u0650\u064A\u0647\u064E" +
                            "\u0627\u0628\u064C";

      // The Unicode code points specify private surrogate pairs.
      string strSurrogates = Char.ConvertFromUtf32(0x10148) +
                             Char.ConvertFromUtf32(0x20026) + "a" +
                             Char.ConvertFromUtf32(0xF1001);

      EnumerateTextElements(strCombining);
      EnumerateTextElements(strSurrogates);
   }

   public static void EnumerateTextElements(string str)
   {
      // Get the Enumerator.
      TextElementEnumerator teEnum = null;      

      // Parse the string using the ParseCombiningCharacters method.
      Console.WriteLine("\nParsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:");
      int[] teIndices = StringInfo.ParseCombiningCharacters(str);

      for (int i = 0; i < teIndices.Length; i++) {
         if (i < teIndices.Length - 1)
            Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", i, 
               teIndices[i], teIndices[i + 1] - 1, 
               ShowHexValues(str.Substring(teIndices[i], teIndices[i + 1] - 
                             teIndices[i])));
         else
            Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", i, 
               teIndices[i], str.Length - 1, 
               ShowHexValues(str.Substring(teIndices[i])));
      }
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Parse the string with the GetTextElementEnumerator method.
      Console.WriteLine("Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:");
      teEnum = StringInfo.GetTextElementEnumerator(str);

      int teCount = - 1;

      while (teEnum.MoveNext()) {
         // Displays the current element.
         // Both GetTextElement() and Current retrieve the current
         // text element. The latter returns it as an Object.
         teCount++;
         Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", teCount, 
            teEnum.ElementIndex, teEnum.ElementIndex + 
            teEnum.GetTextElement().Length - 1, ShowHexValues((string)(teEnum.Current)));
      }
   }

   private static string ShowHexValues(string s)
   {
      string hexString = "";
      foreach (var ch in s)
         hexString += String.Format("{0:X4} ", Convert.ToUInt16(ch));

      return hexString;
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Parsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:
//       Text Element 0 (0..2)= 0627 0655 0650
//       Text Element 1 (3..3)= 064A
//       Text Element 2 (4..5)= 0647 064E
//       Text Element 3 (6..6)= 0627
//       Text Element 4 (7..8)= 0628 064C
//       
//       Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:
//       Text Element 0 (0..2)= 0627 0655 0650
//       Text Element 1 (3..3)= 064A
//       Text Element 2 (4..5)= 0647 064E
//       Text Element 3 (6..6)= 0627
//       Text Element 4 (7..8)= 0628 064C
//       
//       Parsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:
//       Text Element 0 (0..1)= D800 DD48
//       Text Element 1 (2..3)= D840 DC26
//       Text Element 2 (4..4)= 0061
//       Text Element 3 (5..6)= DB84 DC01
//       
//       Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:
//       Text Element 0 (0..1)= D800 DD48
//       Text Element 1 (2..3)= D840 DC26
//       Text Element 2 (4..4)= 0061
//       Text Element 3 (5..6)= DB84 DC01
Imports System.Globalization

Public Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      ' The Unicode code points specify Arabic base characters and 
      ' combining character sequences.
      Dim strCombining As String = ChrW(&H627) & ChrW(&h0655) + ChrW(&H650) & 
              ChrW(&H64A) & ChrW(&H647) & ChrW(&H64E) & ChrW(&H627) & 
              ChrW(&H628) & ChrW(&H64C)

      ' The Unicode code points specify private surrogate pairs.
      Dim strSurrogates As String = Char.ConvertFromUtf32(&h10148) +
                                    Char.ConvertFromUtf32(&h20026) + "a" +
                                    Char.ConvertFromUtf32(&hF1001)

      EnumerateTextElements(strCombining)
      EnumerateTextElements(strSurrogates)
   End Sub

   Public Sub EnumerateTextElements(str As String)
      ' Get the Enumerator.
      Dim teEnum As TextElementEnumerator = Nothing      

      ' Parse the string using the ParseCombiningCharacters method.
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("Parsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:")
      Dim teIndices As Integer() = StringInfo.ParseCombiningCharacters(str)

      For i As Integer = 0 To teIndices.Length - 1
         If i < teIndices.Length - 1 Then
            Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", i, 
               TEIndices(i), TEIndices((i + 1)) - 1, 
               ShowHexValues(str.Substring(TEIndices(i), TEIndices((i + 1)) - 
                             teIndices(i))))
         Else
            Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", i, 
               teIndices(i), str.Length - 1, 
               ShowHexValues(str.Substring(teIndices(i))))
         End If
      Next
      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Parse the string with the GetTextElementEnumerator method.
      Console.WriteLine("Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:")
      teEnum = StringInfo.GetTextElementEnumerator(str)

      Dim TECount As Integer = - 1

      While teEnum.MoveNext()
         ' Prints the current element.
         ' Both GetTextElement() and Current retrieve the current
         ' text element. The latter returns it as an Object.
         TECount += 1
         Console.WriteLine("Text Element {0} ({1}..{2})= {3}", teCount, 
            teEnum.ElementIndex, teEnum.ElementIndex + 
            teEnum.GetTextElement().Length - 1, ShowHexValues(CStr(teEnum.Current)))
      End While
   End Sub

   Private Function ShowHexValues(s As String) As String
      Dim hexString As String = ""
      For Each ch In s
         hexString += String.Format("{0:X4} ", Convert.ToUInt16(ch))
      Next
      Return hexString
   End Function
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Parsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:
'       Text Element 0 (0..2)= 0627 0655 0650
'       Text Element 1 (3..3)= 064A
'       Text Element 2 (4..5)= 0647 064E
'       Text Element 3 (6..6)= 0627
'       Text Element 4 (7..8)= 0628 064C
'       
'       Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:
'       Text Element 0 (0..2)= 0627 0655 0650
'       Text Element 1 (3..3)= 064A
'       Text Element 2 (4..5)= 0647 064E
'       Text Element 3 (6..6)= 0627
'       Text Element 4 (7..8)= 0628 064C
'       
'       Parsing with ParseCombiningCharacters:
'       Text Element 0 (0..1)= D800 DD48
'       Text Element 1 (2..3)= D840 DC26
'       Text Element 2 (4..4)= 0061
'       Text Element 3 (5..6)= DB84 DC01
'       
'       Parsing with TextElementEnumerator:
'       Text Element 0 (0..1)= D800 DD48
'       Text Element 1 (2..3)= D840 DC26
'       Text Element 2 (4..4)= 0061
'       Text Element 3 (5..6)= DB84 DC01

Notes to Callers:

Internally, the methods of the StringInfo class call the methods of the CharUnicodeInfo class to determine character categories. Starting with the .NET Framework 4.6.2, character classification is based on The Unicode Standard, Version 8.0.0. For the .NET Framework 4 through the .NET Framework 4.6.1, it is based on The Unicode Standard, Version 6.3.0.

This example shows how to use the GetTextElementEnumerator and ParseCombiningCharacters methods of the StringInfo class to manipulate a string that contains surrogate and combining characters.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Globalization;

public sealed class App {
   static void Main() {
      // The string below contains combining characters.
      String s = "a\u0304\u0308bc\u0327";

      // Show each 'character' in the string.
      EnumTextElements(s);

      // Show the index in the string where each 'character' starts.
      EnumTextElementIndexes(s);
   }

   // Show how to enumerate each real character (honoring surrogates) in a string.
   static void EnumTextElements(String s) {
      // This StringBuilder holds the output results.
      StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

      // Use the enumerator returned from GetTextElementEnumerator 
      // method to examine each real character.
      TextElementEnumerator charEnum = StringInfo.GetTextElementEnumerator(s);
      while (charEnum.MoveNext()) {
         sb.AppendFormat(
           "Character at index {0} is '{1}'{2}",
           charEnum.ElementIndex, charEnum.GetTextElement(),
           Environment.NewLine);
      }

      // Show the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:");
      Console.WriteLine(sb);
   }

   // Show how to discover the index of each real character (honoring surrogates) in a string.
   static void EnumTextElementIndexes(String s) {
      // This StringBuilder holds the output results.
      StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

      // Use the ParseCombiningCharacters method to 
      // get the index of each real character in the string.
      Int32[] textElemIndex = StringInfo.ParseCombiningCharacters(s);

      // Iterate through each real character showing the character and the index where it was found.
      for (Int32 i = 0; i < textElemIndex.Length; i++) {
         sb.AppendFormat(
            "Character {0} starts at index {1}{2}",
            i, textElemIndex[i], Environment.NewLine);
      }

      // Show the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:");
      Console.WriteLine(sb);
   }
}

// This code produces the following output.
//
// Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:
// Character at index 0 is 'a-"'
// Character at index 3 is 'b'
// Character at index 4 is 'c,'
// 
// Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:
// Character 0 starts at index 0
// Character 1 starts at index 3
// Character 2 starts at index 4
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Globalization

Public Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      ' The string below contains combining characters.
      Dim s As String = "a" + ChrW(&h0304) + ChrW(&h0308) + "bc" + ChrW(&h0327)

      ' Show each 'character' in the string.
      EnumTextElements(s)

      ' Show the index in the string where each 'character' starts.
      EnumTextElementIndexes(s)
   End Sub

   ' Show how to enumerate each real character (honoring surrogates) in a string.
   Sub EnumTextElements(s As String)
      ' This StringBuilder holds the output results.
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder()

      ' Use the enumerator returned from GetTextElementEnumerator 
      ' method to examine each real character.
      Dim charEnum As TextElementEnumerator = StringInfo.GetTextElementEnumerator(s)
      Do While charEnum.MoveNext()
         sb.AppendFormat("Character at index {0} is '{1}'{2}",
                         charEnum.ElementIndex, 
                         charEnum.GetTextElement(),
                         Environment.NewLine)
      Loop

      ' Show the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:")
      Console.WriteLine(sb)
   End Sub

   ' Show how to discover the index of each real character (honoring surrogates) in a string.
   Sub EnumTextElementIndexes(s As String)
      ' This StringBuilder holds the output results.
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder()

      ' Use the ParseCombiningCharacters method to 
      ' get the index of each real character in the string.
      Dim textElemIndex() As Integer = StringInfo.ParseCombiningCharacters(s)

      ' Iterate through each real character showing the character and the index where it was found.
      For i As Int32 = 0 To textElemIndex.Length - 1
         sb.AppendFormat("Character {0} starts at index {1}{2}",
                         i, textElemIndex(i), Environment.NewLine)
      Next

      ' Show the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:")
      Console.WriteLine(sb)
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:
'       Character at index 0 is 'a-"'
'       Character at index 3 is 'b'
'       Character at index 4 is 'c,'
'       
'       Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:
'       Character 0 starts at index 0
'       Character 1 starts at index 3
'       Character 2 starts at index 4
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::Globalization;


// Show how to enumerate each real character (honoring surrogates)
// in a string.

void EnumTextElements(String^ combiningChars)
{
    // This StringBuilder holds the output results.
    StringBuilder^ sb = gcnew StringBuilder();

    // Use the enumerator returned from GetTextElementEnumerator
    // method to examine each real character.
    TextElementEnumerator^ charEnum =
        StringInfo::GetTextElementEnumerator(combiningChars);
    while (charEnum->MoveNext())
    {
        sb->AppendFormat("Character at index {0} is '{1}'{2}", 
            charEnum->ElementIndex, charEnum->GetTextElement(), 
            Environment::NewLine);
    }

    // Show the results.
    Console::WriteLine("Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:");
    Console::WriteLine(sb);
}


// Show how to discover the index of each real character
// (honoring surrogates) in a string.

void EnumTextElementIndexes(String^ combiningChars)
{
    // This StringBuilder holds the output results.
    StringBuilder^ sb = gcnew StringBuilder();

    // Use the ParseCombiningCharacters method to
    // get the index of each real character in the string.
    array <int>^ textElemIndex =
        StringInfo::ParseCombiningCharacters(combiningChars);

    // Iterate through each real character showing the character
    // and the index where it was found.
    for (int i = 0; i < textElemIndex->Length; i++)
    {
        sb->AppendFormat("Character {0} starts at index {1}{2}",
            i, textElemIndex[i], Environment::NewLine);
    }

    // Show the results.
    Console::WriteLine("Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:");
    Console::WriteLine(sb);
}

int main()
{

    // The string below contains combining characters.
    String^ combiningChars = L"a\u0304\u0308bc\u0327";

    // Show each 'character' in the string.
    EnumTextElements(combiningChars);

    // Show the index in the string where each 'character' starts.
    EnumTextElementIndexes(combiningChars);

};

// This code produces the following output.
//
// Result of GetTextElementEnumerator:
// Character at index 0 is 'a-"'
// Character at index 3 is 'b'
// Character at index 4 is 'c,'
//
// Result of ParseCombiningCharacters:
// Character 0 starts at index 0
// Character 1 starts at index 3
// Character 2 starts at index 4
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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