Retrieves character type information for the characters in the specified Unicode source string. For each character in the string, the function sets one or more bits in the corresponding 16-bit element of the output array. Each bit identifies a given character type, for example, letter, digit, or neither.
BOOL GetStringTypeW( _In_ DWORD dwInfoType, _In_ LPCWSTR lpSrcStr, _In_ int cchSrc, _Out_ LPWORD lpCharType );
- dwInfoType [in]
Flags specifying the character type information to retrieve. This parameter can have the following values. The character types are divided into different levels as described in the Remarks section.
Retrieve character type information.
Retrieve bidirectional layout information.
Retrieve text processing information.
- lpSrcStr [in]
Pointer to the Unicode string for which to retrieve the character types. The string is assumed to be null-terminated if cchSrc is set to any negative value.
- cchSrc [in]
Size, in characters, of the string indicated by lpSrcStr. If the size includes a terminating null character, the function retrieves character type information for that character. If the application sets the size to any negative integer, the source string is assumed to be null-terminated and the function calculates the size automatically with an additional character for the null termination.
- lpCharType [out]
Pointer to an array of 16-bit values. The length of this array must be large enough to receive one 16-bit value for each character in the source string. If cchSrc is not a negative number, lpCharType should be an array of words with cchSrc elements. If cchSrc is set to a negative number, lpCharType is an array of words with lpSrcStr + 1 elements. When the function returns, this array contains one word corresponding to each character in the source string.
Returns a nonzero value if successful, or 0 otherwise. To get extended error information, the application can call GetLastError, which can return one of the following error codes:
- ERROR_INVALID_FLAGS. The values supplied for flags were not valid.
- ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER. Any of the parameter values was invalid.
For an overview of the use of the string functions, see Strings.
The values of the lpSrcStr and lpCharType parameters must not be the same. If they are the same, the function fails with ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER.
The Locale parameter used by the corresponding GetStringTypeA function is not used by this function. Because of the parameter difference, an application cannot automatically invoke the proper ANSI or Unicode version of a GetStringType* function through the use of the #define UNICODE switch. An application can circumvent this limitation by using GetStringTypeEx, which is the recommended function.
Supported Character Types
The character type bits are divided into several levels. The information for one level can be retrieved by a single call to this function. Each level is limited to 16 bits of information so that the other mapping functions, which are limited to 16 bits of representation per character, can also return character type information.
These types support ANSI C and POSIX (LC_CTYPE) character typing functions. A bitwise-OR of these values is retrieved in the array in the output buffer when dwInfoType is set to CT_CTYPE1. For DBCS locales, the type attributes apply to both narrow characters and wide characters. The Japanese hiragana and katakana characters, and the kanji ideograph characters all have the C1_ALPHA attribute.
|C1_ALPHA||0x0100||Any linguistic character: alphabetical, syllabary, or ideographic|
|C1_DEFINED||0x0200||A defined character, but not one of the other C1_* types|
The following character types are either constant or computable from basic types and do not need to be supported by this function.
|Alphanumeric||Alphabetical characters and digits (C1_ALPHA and C1_DIGIT)|
|Printable||Graphic characters and blanks (all C1_* types except C1_CNTRL)|
These types support proper layout of Unicode text. For DBCS locales, the character type applies to both narrow and wide characters. The direction attributes are assigned so that the bidirectional layout algorithm standardized by Unicode produces accurate results. These types are mutually exclusive. For more information about the use of these attributes, see The Unicode Standard.
|C2_LEFTTORIGHT||0x0001||Left to right|
|C2_RIGHTTOLEFT||0x0002||Right to left|
|C2_EUROPENUMBER||0x0003||European number, European digit|
|C2_EUROPESEPARATOR||0x0004||European numeric separator|
|C2_EUROPETERMINATOR||0x0005||European numeric terminator|
|C2_COMMONSEPARATOR||0x0007||Common numeric separator|
|C2_NOTAPPLICABLE||0x0000||No implicit directionality (for example, control codes)|
These types are intended to be placeholders for extensions to the POSIX types required for general text processing or for the standard C library functions. A bitwise-OR of these values is retrieved when dwInfoType is set to CT_CTYPE3. For DBCS locales, the Ctype 3 attributes apply to both narrow characters and wide characters. The Japanese hiragana and katakana characters, and the kanji ideograph characters all have the C3_ALPHA attribute.
|C3_DIACRITIC||0x0002||Diacritic nonspacing mark|
|C3_VOWELMARK||0x0004||Vowel nonspacing mark|
|C3_HALFWIDTH||0x0040||Half-width (narrow) character|
|C3_FULLWIDTH||0x0080||Full-width (wide) character|
|C3_KASHIDA||0x0200||Arabic kashida character|
|C3_LEXICAL||0x0400||Punctuation which is counted as part of the word (kashida, hyphen, feminine/masculine ordinal indicators, equal sign, and so forth)|
|C3_ALPHA||0x8000||All linguistic characters (alphabetical, syllabary, and ideographic)|
|C3_HIGHSURROGATE||0x0800||Windows Vista: High surrogate code unit|
|C3_LOWSURROGATE||0x1000||Windows Vista: Low surrogate code unit|
C3_HIGHSURROGATE and C3_LOWSURROGATE are listed only for completeness, and should never be provided to this function. They are relevant only for Unicode.
Starting with Windows 8: GetStringTypeW is declared in Stringapiset.h. Before Windows 8, it was declared in Winnls.h.
Minimum supported client
Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps | Windows Store apps]
Minimum supported server
Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps | Windows Store apps]
Minimum supported phone
Windows Phone 8