Character

class Character : Serializable, Comparable<Char!>
kotlin.Any
   ↳ java.lang.Character

The Character class wraps a value of the primitive type char in an object. An object of type Character contains a single field whose type is char.

In addition, this class provides several methods for determining a character's category (lowercase letter, digit, etc.) and for converting characters from uppercase to lowercase and vice versa.

Character information is based on the Unicode Standard

The methods and data of class Character are defined by the information in the UnicodeData file that is part of the Unicode Character Database maintained by the Unicode Consortium. This file specifies various properties including name and general category for every defined Unicode code point or character range.

The file and its description are available from the Unicode Consortium at:

Unicode Character Representations

The char data type (and therefore the value that a Character object encapsulates) are based on the original Unicode specification, which defined characters as fixed-width 16-bit entities. The Unicode Standard has since been changed to allow for characters whose representation requires more than 16 bits. The range of legal code points is now U+0000 to U+10FFFF, known as Unicode scalar value. (Refer to the definition of the U+n notation in the Unicode Standard.)

The set of characters from U+0000 to U+FFFF is sometimes referred to as the Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). Characters whose code points are greater than U+FFFF are called supplementary characters. The Java platform uses the UTF-16 representation in char arrays and in the String and StringBuffer classes. In this representation, supplementary characters are represented as a pair of char values, the first from the high-surrogates range, (\uD800-\uDBFF), the second from the low-surrogates range (\uDC00-\uDFFF).

A char value, therefore, represents Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) code points, including the surrogate code points, or code units of the UTF-16 encoding. An int value represents all Unicode code points, including supplementary code points. The lower (least significant) 21 bits of int are used to represent Unicode code points and the upper (most significant) 11 bits must be zero. Unless otherwise specified, the behavior with respect to supplementary characters and surrogate char values is as follows:

  • The methods that only accept a char value cannot support supplementary characters. They treat char values from the surrogate ranges as undefined characters. For example, Character.isLetter('\u005CuD840') returns false, even though this specific value if followed by any low-surrogate value in a string would represent a letter.
  • The methods that accept an int value support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters. For example, Character.isLetter(0x2F81A) returns true because the code point value represents a letter (a CJK ideograph).

In the Java SE API documentation, Unicode code point is used for character values in the range between U+0000 and U+10FFFF, and Unicode code unit is used for 16-bit char values that are code units of the UTF-16 encoding. For more information on Unicode terminology, refer to the Unicode Glossary.

Summary

Nested classes

Instances of this class represent particular subsets of the Unicode character set.

A family of character subsets representing the character blocks in the Unicode specification.

A family of character subsets representing the character scripts defined in the Unicode Standard Annex #24: Script Names.

Constants
static Int

The number of bytes used to represent a char value in unsigned binary form.

static Byte

General category "Mc" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Pc" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Cc" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Sc" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Pd" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Nd" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "AN" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "BN" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "CS" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "EN" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "ES" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "ET" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "L" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "LRE" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "LRO" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "NSM" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "ON" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "B" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "PDF" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "R" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "AL" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "RLE" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "RLO" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "S" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

Undefined bidirectional character type.

static Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "WS" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Me" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Pe" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Pf" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Cf" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Pi" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Nl" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Zl" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Ll" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Sm" in the Unicode specification.

static Int

The maximum value of a Unicode code point, constant U+10FFFF.

static Char

The maximum value of a Unicode high-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDBFF'.

static Char

The maximum value of a Unicode low-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDFFF'.

static Int

The maximum radix available for conversion to and from strings.

static Char

The maximum value of a Unicode surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDFFF'.

static Char

The constant value of this field is the largest value of type char, '\u005CuFFFF'.

static Int

The minimum value of a Unicode code point, constant U+0000.

static Char

The minimum value of a Unicode high-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuD800'.

static Char

The minimum value of a Unicode low-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDC00'.

static Int

The minimum radix available for conversion to and from strings.

static Int

The minimum value of a Unicode supplementary code point, constant U+10000.

static Char

The minimum value of a Unicode surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuD800'.

static Char

The constant value of this field is the smallest value of type char, '\u005Cu0000'.

static Byte

General category "Lm" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Sk" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Mn" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Lo" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "No" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Po" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "So" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Zp" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Co" in the Unicode specification.

static Int

The number of bits used to represent a char value in unsigned binary form, constant 16.

static Byte

General category "Zs" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Ps" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Cs" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Lt" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Cn" in the Unicode specification.

static Byte

General category "Lu" in the Unicode specification.

Public constructors
<init>(value: Char)

Constructs a newly allocated Character object that represents the specified char value.

Public methods
Int

Returns a hash code for this Character; equal to the result of invoking charValue().

Char

Returns the value of this Character object.

Boolean
equals(other: Any?)

Compares this object against the specified object.

String

Returns a String object representing this Character's value.

Int
compareTo(other: Char)

Compares two Character objects numerically.

static Char

Returns a Character instance representing the specified char value.

static Int
hashCode(value: Char)

Returns a hash code for a char value; compatible with Character.hashCode().

static String

Returns a String object representing the specified char.

static Boolean
isValidCodePoint(codePoint: Int)

Determines whether the specified code point is a valid Unicode code point value.

static Boolean
isBmpCodePoint(codePoint: Int)

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is in the Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP).

static Boolean

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is in the supplementary character range.

static Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode high-surrogate code unit (also known as leading-surrogate code unit).

static Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode low-surrogate code unit (also known as trailing-surrogate code unit).

static Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode surrogate code unit.

static Boolean
isSurrogatePair(high: Char, low: Char)

Determines whether the specified pair of char values is a valid Unicode surrogate pair.

static Int
charCount(codePoint: Int)

Determines the number of char values needed to represent the specified character (Unicode code point).

static Int
toCodePoint(high: Char, low: Char)

Converts the specified surrogate pair to its supplementary code point value.

static Int
codePointAt(seq: CharSequence, index: Int)

Returns the code point at the given index of the CharSequence.

static Int
codePointAt(a: CharArray!, index: Int)

Returns the code point at the given index of the char array.

static Int
codePointAt(a: CharArray!, index: Int, limit: Int)

Returns the code point at the given index of the char array, where only array elements with index less than limit can be used.

static Int

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the CharSequence.

static Int

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the char array.

static Int
codePointBefore(a: CharArray!, index: Int, start: Int)

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the char array, where only array elements with index greater than or equal to start can be used.

static Char
highSurrogate(codePoint: Int)

Returns the leading surrogate (a high surrogate code unit) of the surrogate pair representing the specified supplementary character (Unicode code point) in the UTF-16 encoding.

static Char
lowSurrogate(codePoint: Int)

Returns the trailing surrogate (a low surrogate code unit) of the surrogate pair representing the specified supplementary character (Unicode code point) in the UTF-16 encoding.

static Int
toChars(codePoint: Int, dst: CharArray!, dstIndex: Int)

Converts the specified character (Unicode code point) to its UTF-16 representation.

static CharArray
toChars(codePoint: Int)

Converts the specified character (Unicode code point) to its UTF-16 representation stored in a char array.

static Int
codePointCount(seq: CharSequence, beginIndex: Int, endIndex: Int)

Returns the number of Unicode code points in the text range of the specified char sequence.

static Int
codePointCount(a: CharArray!, offset: Int, count: Int)

Returns the number of Unicode code points in a subarray of the char array argument.

static Int
offsetByCodePoints(seq: CharSequence, index: Int, codePointOffset: Int)

Returns the index within the given char sequence that is offset from the given index by codePointOffset code points.

static Int
offsetByCodePoints(a: CharArray!, start: Int, count: Int, index: Int, codePointOffset: Int)

Returns the index within the given char subarray that is offset from the given index by codePointOffset code points.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a lowercase character.

static Boolean
isLowerCase(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a lowercase character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is an uppercase character.

static Boolean
isUpperCase(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is an uppercase character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a titlecase character.

static Boolean
isTitleCase(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a titlecase character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a digit.

static Boolean
isDigit(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a digit.

static Boolean

Determines if a character is defined in Unicode.

static Boolean
isDefined(codePoint: Int)

Determines if a character (Unicode code point) is defined in Unicode.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a letter.

static Boolean
isLetter(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a letter.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a letter or digit.

static Boolean
isLetterOrDigit(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a letter or digit.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

static Boolean
isAlphabetic(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is an alphabet.

static Boolean
isIdeographic(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese) ideograph, as defined by the Unicode Standard.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the character (Unicode code point) is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

static Boolean

Determines if the character (Unicode code point) may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Unicode identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is permissible as the first character in a Unicode identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Unicode identifier as other than the first character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) may be part of a Unicode identifier as other than the first character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character should be regarded as an ignorable character in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) should be regarded as an ignorable character in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier.

static Char

Converts the character argument to lowercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Int
toLowerCase(codePoint: Int)

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to lowercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Char

Converts the character argument to uppercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Int
toUpperCase(codePoint: Int)

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to uppercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Char

Converts the character argument to titlecase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Int
toTitleCase(codePoint: Int)

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to titlecase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

static Int
digit(ch: Char, radix: Int)

Returns the numeric value of the character ch in the specified radix.

static Int
digit(codePoint: Int, radix: Int)

Returns the numeric value of the specified character (Unicode code point) in the specified radix.

static Int

Returns the int value that the specified Unicode character represents.

static Int
getNumericValue(codePoint: Int)

Returns the int value that the specified character (Unicode code point) represents.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is ISO-LATIN-1 white space.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a Unicode space character.

static Boolean
isSpaceChar(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a Unicode space character.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is white space according to Java.

static Boolean
isWhitespace(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is white space according to Java.

static Boolean

Determines if the specified character is an ISO control character.

static Boolean
isISOControl(codePoint: Int)

Determines if the referenced character (Unicode code point) is an ISO control character.

static Int

Returns a value indicating a character's general category.

static Int
getType(codePoint: Int)

Returns a value indicating a character's general category.

static Char
forDigit(digit: Int, radix: Int)

Determines the character representation for a specific digit in the specified radix.

static Byte

Returns the Unicode directionality property for the given character.

static Byte
getDirectionality(codePoint: Int)

Returns the Unicode directionality property for the given character (Unicode code point).

static Boolean

Determines whether the character is mirrored according to the Unicode specification.

static Boolean
isMirrored(codePoint: Int)

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is mirrored according to the Unicode specification.

static Int
compare(x: Char, y: Char)

Compares two char values numerically.

static Char

Returns the value obtained by reversing the order of the bytes in the specified char value.

static String?
getName(codePoint: Int)

Returns the Unicode name of the specified character codePoint, or null if the code point is unassigned.

Properties
static Class<Char!>!

The Class instance representing the primitive type char.

Constants

BYTES

added in API level 1.8
static val BYTES: Int

The number of bytes used to represent a char value in unsigned binary form.
Requires API level 24 (Android 7.0, Nougat)

Value: 2

COMBINING_SPACING_MARK

added in API level 1.1
static val COMBINING_SPACING_MARK: Byte

General category "Mc" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 8

CONNECTOR_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.1
static val CONNECTOR_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Pc" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 23

CONTROL

added in API level 1.1
static val CONTROL: Byte

General category "Cc" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 15

CURRENCY_SYMBOL

added in API level 1.1
static val CURRENCY_SYMBOL: Byte

General category "Sc" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 26

DASH_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.1
static val DASH_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Pd" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 20

DECIMAL_DIGIT_NUMBER

added in API level 1.1
static val DECIMAL_DIGIT_NUMBER: Byte

General category "Nd" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 9

DIRECTIONALITY_ARABIC_NUMBER

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_ARABIC_NUMBER: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "AN" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 6

DIRECTIONALITY_BOUNDARY_NEUTRAL

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_BOUNDARY_NEUTRAL: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "BN" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 9

DIRECTIONALITY_COMMON_NUMBER_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_COMMON_NUMBER_SEPARATOR: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "CS" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 7

DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "EN" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 3

DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER_SEPARATOR: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "ES" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 4

DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER_TERMINATOR

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_EUROPEAN_NUMBER_TERMINATOR: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "ET" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 5

DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "L" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 0

DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT_EMBEDDING

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT_EMBEDDING: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "LRE" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 14

DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT_OVERRIDE

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_LEFT_TO_RIGHT_OVERRIDE: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "LRO" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 15

DIRECTIONALITY_NONSPACING_MARK

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_NONSPACING_MARK: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "NSM" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 8

DIRECTIONALITY_OTHER_NEUTRALS

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_OTHER_NEUTRALS: Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "ON" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 13

DIRECTIONALITY_PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR: Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "B" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 10

DIRECTIONALITY_POP_DIRECTIONAL_FORMAT

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_POP_DIRECTIONAL_FORMAT: Byte

Weak bidirectional character type "PDF" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 18

DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "R" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 1

DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_ARABIC

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_ARABIC: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "AL" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 2

DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_EMBEDDING

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_EMBEDDING: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "RLE" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 16

DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_OVERRIDE

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_RIGHT_TO_LEFT_OVERRIDE: Byte

Strong bidirectional character type "RLO" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 17

DIRECTIONALITY_SEGMENT_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_SEGMENT_SEPARATOR: Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "S" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 11

DIRECTIONALITY_UNDEFINED

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_UNDEFINED: Byte

Undefined bidirectional character type. Undefined char values have undefined directionality in the Unicode specification.

Value: -1

DIRECTIONALITY_WHITESPACE

added in API level 1.4
static val DIRECTIONALITY_WHITESPACE: Byte

Neutral bidirectional character type "WS" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 12

ENCLOSING_MARK

added in API level 1.1
static val ENCLOSING_MARK: Byte

General category "Me" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 7

END_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.1
static val END_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Pe" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 22

FINAL_QUOTE_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.4
static val FINAL_QUOTE_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Pf" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 30

FORMAT

added in API level 1.1
static val FORMAT: Byte

General category "Cf" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 16

INITIAL_QUOTE_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.4
static val INITIAL_QUOTE_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Pi" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 29

LETTER_NUMBER

added in API level 1.1
static val LETTER_NUMBER: Byte

General category "Nl" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 10

LINE_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.1
static val LINE_SEPARATOR: Byte

General category "Zl" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 13

LOWERCASE_LETTER

added in API level 1.1
static val LOWERCASE_LETTER: Byte

General category "Ll" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 2

MATH_SYMBOL

added in API level 1.1
static val MATH_SYMBOL: Byte

General category "Sm" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 25

MAX_CODE_POINT

added in API level 1.5
static val MAX_CODE_POINT: Int

The maximum value of a Unicode code point, constant U+10FFFF.

Value: 1114111

MAX_HIGH_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MAX_HIGH_SURROGATE: Char

The maximum value of a Unicode high-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDBFF'. A high-surrogate is also known as a leading-surrogate.

Value: 56319

MAX_LOW_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MAX_LOW_SURROGATE: Char

The maximum value of a Unicode low-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDFFF'. A low-surrogate is also known as a trailing-surrogate.

Value: 57343

MAX_RADIX

static val MAX_RADIX: Int

The maximum radix available for conversion to and from strings. The constant value of this field is the largest value permitted for the radix argument in radix-conversion methods such as the digit method, the forDigit method, and the toString method of class Integer.

Value: 36

MAX_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MAX_SURROGATE: Char

The maximum value of a Unicode surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDFFF'.

Value: 57343

MAX_VALUE

static val MAX_VALUE: Char

The constant value of this field is the largest value of type char, '\u005CuFFFF'.

Value: 65535

MIN_CODE_POINT

added in API level 1.5
static val MIN_CODE_POINT: Int

The minimum value of a Unicode code point, constant U+0000.

Value: 0

MIN_HIGH_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MIN_HIGH_SURROGATE: Char

The minimum value of a Unicode high-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuD800'. A high-surrogate is also known as a leading-surrogate.

Value: 55296

MIN_LOW_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MIN_LOW_SURROGATE: Char

The minimum value of a Unicode low-surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuDC00'. A low-surrogate is also known as a trailing-surrogate.

Value: 56320

MIN_RADIX

static val MIN_RADIX: Int

The minimum radix available for conversion to and from strings. The constant value of this field is the smallest value permitted for the radix argument in radix-conversion methods such as the digit method, the forDigit method, and the toString method of class Integer.

Value: 2

MIN_SUPPLEMENTARY_CODE_POINT

added in API level 1.5
static val MIN_SUPPLEMENTARY_CODE_POINT: Int

The minimum value of a Unicode supplementary code point, constant U+10000.

Value: 65536

MIN_SURROGATE

added in API level 1.5
static val MIN_SURROGATE: Char

The minimum value of a Unicode surrogate code unit in the UTF-16 encoding, constant '\u005CuD800'.

Value: 55296

MIN_VALUE

static val MIN_VALUE: Char

The constant value of this field is the smallest value of type char, '\u005Cu0000'.

Value: 0

MODIFIER_LETTER

added in API level 1.1
static val MODIFIER_LETTER: Byte

General category "Lm" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 4

MODIFIER_SYMBOL

added in API level 1.1
static val MODIFIER_SYMBOL: Byte

General category "Sk" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 27

NON_SPACING_MARK

added in API level 1.1
static val NON_SPACING_MARK: Byte

General category "Mn" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 6

OTHER_LETTER

added in API level 1.1
static val OTHER_LETTER: Byte

General category "Lo" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 5

OTHER_NUMBER

added in API level 1.1
static val OTHER_NUMBER: Byte

General category "No" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 11

OTHER_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.1
static val OTHER_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Po" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 24

OTHER_SYMBOL

added in API level 1.1
static val OTHER_SYMBOL: Byte

General category "So" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 28

PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.1
static val PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR: Byte

General category "Zp" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 14

PRIVATE_USE

added in API level 1.1
static val PRIVATE_USE: Byte

General category "Co" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 18

SIZE

added in API level 1.5
static val SIZE: Int

The number of bits used to represent a char value in unsigned binary form, constant 16.

Value: 16

SPACE_SEPARATOR

added in API level 1.1
static val SPACE_SEPARATOR: Byte

General category "Zs" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 12

START_PUNCTUATION

added in API level 1.1
static val START_PUNCTUATION: Byte

General category "Ps" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 21

SURROGATE

added in API level 1.1
static val SURROGATE: Byte

General category "Cs" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 19

TITLECASE_LETTER

added in API level 1.1
static val TITLECASE_LETTER: Byte

General category "Lt" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 3

UNASSIGNED

added in API level 1.1
static val UNASSIGNED: Byte

General category "Cn" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 0

UPPERCASE_LETTER

added in API level 1.1
static val UPPERCASE_LETTER: Byte

General category "Lu" in the Unicode specification.

Value: 1

Public constructors

<init>

Character(value: Char)

Constructs a newly allocated Character object that represents the specified char value.

Parameters
value Char: the value to be represented by the Character object.

Public methods

hashCode

fun hashCode(): Int

Returns a hash code for this Character; equal to the result of invoking charValue().

Return
Int: a hash code value for this Character

charValue

fun charValue(): Char

Returns the value of this Character object.

Return
Char: the primitive char value represented by this object.

equals

fun equals(other: Any?): Boolean

Compares this object against the specified object. The result is true if and only if the argument is not null and is a Character object that represents the same char value as this object.

Parameters
obj Any?: the object to compare with.
Return
Boolean: true if the objects are the same; false otherwise.

toString

fun toString(): String

Returns a String object representing this Character's value. The result is a string of length 1 whose sole component is the primitive char value represented by this Character object.

Return
String: a string representation of this object.

compareTo

added in API level 1.2
fun compareTo(other: Char): Int

Compares two Character objects numerically.

Parameters
o Char: the object to be compared.
anotherCharacter Char: the Character to be compared.
Return
Int: the value 0 if the argument Character is equal to this Character; a value less than 0 if this Character is numerically less than the Character argument; and a value greater than 0 if this Character is numerically greater than the Character argument (unsigned comparison). Note that this is strictly a numerical comparison; it is not locale-dependent.
Exceptions
NullPointerException if the specified object is null
ClassCastException if the specified object's type prevents it from being compared to this object.

valueOf

added in API level 1.5
static fun valueOf(c: Char): Char

Returns a Character instance representing the specified char value. If a new Character instance is not required, this method should generally be used in preference to the constructor #Character(char), as this method is likely to yield significantly better space and time performance by caching frequently requested values. This method will always cache values in the range '\u005Cu0000' to '\u005Cu007F', inclusive, and may cache other values outside of this range.

Parameters
c Char: a char value.
Return
Char: a Character instance representing c.

hashCode

added in API level 1.8
static fun hashCode(value: Char): Int

Returns a hash code for a char value; compatible with Character.hashCode().
Requires API level 24 (Android 7.0, Nougat)

Parameters
value Char: The char for which to return a hash code.
Return
Int: a hash code value for a char value.

toString

added in API level 1.4
static fun toString(c: Char): String

Returns a String object representing the specified char. The result is a string of length 1 consisting solely of the specified char.

Parameters
c Char: the char to be converted
Return
String: the string representation of the specified char

isValidCodePoint

added in API level 1.5
static fun isValidCodePoint(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines whether the specified code point is a valid Unicode code point value.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the Unicode code point to be tested
Return
Boolean: true if the specified code point value is between #MIN_CODE_POINT and #MAX_CODE_POINT inclusive; false otherwise.

isBmpCodePoint

added in API level 1.7
static fun isBmpCodePoint(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is in the Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). Such code points can be represented using a single char.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested
Return
Boolean: true if the specified code point is between #MIN_VALUE and #MAX_VALUE inclusive; false otherwise.

isSupplementaryCodePoint

added in API level 1.5
static fun isSupplementaryCodePoint(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is in the supplementary character range.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested
Return
Boolean: true if the specified code point is between #MIN_SUPPLEMENTARY_CODE_POINT and #MAX_CODE_POINT inclusive; false otherwise.

isHighSurrogate

added in API level 1.5
static fun isHighSurrogate(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode high-surrogate code unit (also known as leading-surrogate code unit).

Such values do not represent characters by themselves, but are used in the representation of supplementary characters in the UTF-16 encoding.

Parameters
ch Char: the char value to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the char value is between #MIN_HIGH_SURROGATE and #MAX_HIGH_SURROGATE inclusive; false otherwise.

isLowSurrogate

added in API level 1.5
static fun isLowSurrogate(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode low-surrogate code unit (also known as trailing-surrogate code unit).

Such values do not represent characters by themselves, but are used in the representation of supplementary characters in the UTF-16 encoding.

Parameters
ch Char: the char value to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the char value is between #MIN_LOW_SURROGATE and #MAX_LOW_SURROGATE inclusive; false otherwise.

isSurrogate

added in API level 1.7
static fun isSurrogate(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the given char value is a Unicode surrogate code unit.

Such values do not represent characters by themselves, but are used in the representation of supplementary characters in the UTF-16 encoding.

A char value is a surrogate code unit if and only if it is either a low-surrogate code unit or a high-surrogate code unit.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
ch Char: the char value to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the char value is between #MIN_SURROGATE and #MAX_SURROGATE inclusive; false otherwise.

isSurrogatePair

added in API level 1.5
static fun isSurrogatePair(high: Char, low: Char): Boolean

Determines whether the specified pair of char values is a valid Unicode surrogate pair.

This method is equivalent to the expression:

isHighSurrogate(high) && isLowSurrogate(low) 
Parameters
high Char: the high-surrogate code value to be tested
low Char: the low-surrogate code value to be tested
Return
Boolean: true if the specified high and low-surrogate code values represent a valid surrogate pair; false otherwise.

charCount

added in API level 1.5
static fun charCount(codePoint: Int): Int

Determines the number of char values needed to represent the specified character (Unicode code point). If the specified character is equal to or greater than 0x10000, then the method returns 2. Otherwise, the method returns 1.

This method doesn't validate the specified character to be a valid Unicode code point. The caller must validate the character value using isValidCodePoint if necessary.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Int: 2 if the character is a valid supplementary character; 1 otherwise.

toCodePoint

added in API level 1.5
static fun toCodePoint(high: Char, low: Char): Int

Converts the specified surrogate pair to its supplementary code point value. This method does not validate the specified surrogate pair. The caller must validate it using if necessary.

Parameters
high Char: the high-surrogate code unit
low Char: the low-surrogate code unit
Return
Int: the supplementary code point composed from the specified surrogate pair.

codePointAt

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointAt(seq: CharSequence, index: Int): Int

Returns the code point at the given index of the CharSequence. If the char value at the given index in the CharSequence is in the high-surrogate range, the following index is less than the length of the CharSequence, and the char value at the following index is in the low-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at the given index is returned.

Parameters
seq CharSequence: a sequence of char values (Unicode code units)
index CharSequence: the index to the char values (Unicode code units) in seq to be converted
Return
Int: the Unicode code point at the given index
Exceptions
NullPointerException if seq is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the value index is negative or not less than seq.length().

codePointAt

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointAt(a: CharArray!, index: Int): Int

Returns the code point at the given index of the char array. If the char value at the given index in the char array is in the high-surrogate range, the following index is less than the length of the char array, and the char value at the following index is in the low-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at the given index is returned.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
index CharArray!: the index to the char values (Unicode code units) in the char array to be converted
Return
Int: the Unicode code point at the given index
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the value index is negative or not less than the length of the char array.

codePointAt

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointAt(a: CharArray!, index: Int, limit: Int): Int

Returns the code point at the given index of the char array, where only array elements with index less than limit can be used. If the char value at the given index in the char array is in the high-surrogate range, the following index is less than the limit, and the char value at the following index is in the low-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at the given index is returned.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
index CharArray!: the index to the char values (Unicode code units) in the char array to be converted
limit CharArray!: the index after the last array element that can be used in the char array
Return
Int: the Unicode code point at the given index
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the index argument is negative or not less than the limit argument, or if the limit argument is negative or greater than the length of the char array.

codePointBefore

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointBefore(seq: CharSequence, index: Int): Int

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the CharSequence. If the char value at (index - 1) in the CharSequence is in the low-surrogate range, (index - 2) is not negative, and the char value at (index - 2) in the CharSequence is in the high-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at (index - 1) is returned.

Parameters
seq CharSequence: the CharSequence instance
index CharSequence: the index following the code point that should be returned
Return
Int: the Unicode code point value before the given index.
Exceptions
NullPointerException if seq is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the index argument is less than 1 or greater than .

codePointBefore

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointBefore(a: CharArray!, index: Int): Int

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the char array. If the char value at (index - 1) in the char array is in the low-surrogate range, (index - 2) is not negative, and the char value at (index - 2) in the char array is in the high-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at (index - 1) is returned.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
index CharArray!: the index following the code point that should be returned
Return
Int: the Unicode code point value before the given index.
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the index argument is less than 1 or greater than the length of the char array

codePointBefore

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointBefore(a: CharArray!, index: Int, start: Int): Int

Returns the code point preceding the given index of the char array, where only array elements with index greater than or equal to start can be used. If the char value at (index - 1) in the char array is in the low-surrogate range, (index - 2) is not less than start, and the char value at (index - 2) in the char array is in the high-surrogate range, then the supplementary code point corresponding to this surrogate pair is returned. Otherwise, the char value at (index - 1) is returned.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
index CharArray!: the index following the code point that should be returned
start CharArray!: the index of the first array element in the char array
Return
Int: the Unicode code point value before the given index.
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the index argument is not greater than the start argument or is greater than the length of the char array, or if the start argument is negative or not less than the length of the char array.

highSurrogate

added in API level 1.7
static fun highSurrogate(codePoint: Int): Char

Returns the leading surrogate (a high surrogate code unit) of the surrogate pair representing the specified supplementary character (Unicode code point) in the UTF-16 encoding. If the specified character is not a supplementary character, an unspecified char is returned.

If isSupplementaryCodePoint(x) is true, then isHighSurrogate(highSurrogate(x)) and toCodePoint(highSurrogate(x), lowSurrogate(x)) == x are also always true.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
codePoint Int: a supplementary character (Unicode code point)
Return
Char: the leading surrogate code unit used to represent the character in the UTF-16 encoding

lowSurrogate

added in API level 1.7
static fun lowSurrogate(codePoint: Int): Char

Returns the trailing surrogate (a low surrogate code unit) of the surrogate pair representing the specified supplementary character (Unicode code point) in the UTF-16 encoding. If the specified character is not a supplementary character, an unspecified char is returned.

If isSupplementaryCodePoint(x) is true, then isLowSurrogate(lowSurrogate(x)) and toCodePoint(highSurrogate(x), lowSurrogate(x)) == x are also always true.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
codePoint Int: a supplementary character (Unicode code point)
Return
Char: the trailing surrogate code unit used to represent the character in the UTF-16 encoding

toChars

added in API level 1.5
static fun toChars(codePoint: Int, dst: CharArray!, dstIndex: Int): Int

Converts the specified character (Unicode code point) to its UTF-16 representation. If the specified code point is a BMP (Basic Multilingual Plane or Plane 0) value, the same value is stored in dst[dstIndex], and 1 is returned. If the specified code point is a supplementary character, its surrogate values are stored in dst[dstIndex] (high-surrogate) and dst[dstIndex+1] (low-surrogate), and 2 is returned.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
dst Int: an array of char in which the codePoint's UTF-16 value is stored.
dstIndex Int: the start index into the dst array where the converted value is stored.
Return
Int: 1 if the code point is a BMP code point, 2 if the code point is a supplementary code point.
Exceptions
IllegalArgumentException if the specified codePoint is not a valid Unicode code point.
NullPointerException if the specified dst is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if dstIndex is negative or not less than dst.length, or if dst at dstIndex doesn't have enough array element(s) to store the resulting char value(s). (If dstIndex is equal to dst.length-1 and the specified codePoint is a supplementary character, the high-surrogate value is not stored in dst[dstIndex].)

toChars

added in API level 1.5
static fun toChars(codePoint: Int): CharArray

Converts the specified character (Unicode code point) to its UTF-16 representation stored in a char array. If the specified code point is a BMP (Basic Multilingual Plane or Plane 0) value, the resulting char array has the same value as codePoint. If the specified code point is a supplementary code point, the resulting char array has the corresponding surrogate pair.

Parameters
codePoint Int: a Unicode code point
Return
CharArray: a char array having codePoint's UTF-16 representation.
Exceptions
IllegalArgumentException if the specified codePoint is not a valid Unicode code point.

codePointCount

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointCount(seq: CharSequence, beginIndex: Int, endIndex: Int): Int

Returns the number of Unicode code points in the text range of the specified char sequence. The text range begins at the specified beginIndex and extends to the char at index endIndex - 1. Thus the length (in chars) of the text range is endIndex-beginIndex. Unpaired surrogates within the text range count as one code point each.

Parameters
seq CharSequence: the char sequence
beginIndex CharSequence: the index to the first char of the text range.
endIndex CharSequence: the index after the last char of the text range.
Return
Int: the number of Unicode code points in the specified text range
Exceptions
NullPointerException if seq is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if the beginIndex is negative, or endIndex is larger than the length of the given sequence, or beginIndex is larger than endIndex.

codePointCount

added in API level 1.5
static fun codePointCount(a: CharArray!, offset: Int, count: Int): Int

Returns the number of Unicode code points in a subarray of the char array argument. The offset argument is the index of the first char of the subarray and the count argument specifies the length of the subarray in chars. Unpaired surrogates within the subarray count as one code point each.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
offset CharArray!: the index of the first char in the given char array
count CharArray!: the length of the subarray in chars
Return
Int: the number of Unicode code points in the specified subarray
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if offset or count is negative, or if offset + count is larger than the length of the given array.

offsetByCodePoints

added in API level 1.5
static fun offsetByCodePoints(seq: CharSequence, index: Int, codePointOffset: Int): Int

Returns the index within the given char sequence that is offset from the given index by codePointOffset code points. Unpaired surrogates within the text range given by index and codePointOffset count as one code point each.

Parameters
seq CharSequence: the char sequence
index CharSequence: the index to be offset
codePointOffset CharSequence: the offset in code points
Return
Int: the index within the char sequence
Exceptions
NullPointerException if seq is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if index is negative or larger then the length of the char sequence, or if codePointOffset is positive and the subsequence starting with index has fewer than codePointOffset code points, or if codePointOffset is negative and the subsequence before index has fewer than the absolute value of codePointOffset code points.

offsetByCodePoints

added in API level 1.5
static fun offsetByCodePoints(a: CharArray!, start: Int, count: Int, index: Int, codePointOffset: Int): Int

Returns the index within the given char subarray that is offset from the given index by codePointOffset code points. The start and count arguments specify a subarray of the char array. Unpaired surrogates within the text range given by index and codePointOffset count as one code point each.

Parameters
a CharArray!: the char array
start CharArray!: the index of the first char of the subarray
count CharArray!: the length of the subarray in chars
index CharArray!: the index to be offset
codePointOffset CharArray!: the offset in code points
Return
Int: the index within the subarray
Exceptions
NullPointerException if a is null.
IndexOutOfBoundsException if start or count is negative, or if start + count is larger than the length of the given array, or if index is less than start or larger then start + count, or if codePointOffset is positive and the text range starting with index and ending with start + count - 1 has fewer than codePointOffset code points, or if codePointOffset is negative and the text range starting with start and ending with index - 1 has fewer than the absolute value of codePointOffset code points.

isLowerCase

static fun isLowerCase(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a lowercase character.

A character is lowercase if its general category type, provided by Character.getType(ch), is LOWERCASE_LETTER, or it has contributory property Other_Lowercase as defined by the Unicode Standard.

The following are examples of lowercase characters:

 a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z '\u00DF' '\u00E0' '\u00E1' '\u00E2' '\u00E3' '\u00E4' '\u00E5' '\u00E6' '\u00E7' '\u00E8' '\u00E9' '\u00EA' '\u00EB' '\u00EC' '\u00ED' '\u00EE' '\u00EF' '\u00F0' '\u00F1' '\u00F2' '\u00F3' '\u00F4' '\u00F5' '\u00F6' '\u00F8' '\u00F9' '\u00FA' '\u00FB' '\u00FC' '\u00FD' '\u00FE' '\u00FF' 

Many other Unicode characters are lowercase too.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isLowerCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is lowercase; false otherwise.

isLowerCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun isLowerCase(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a lowercase character.

A character is lowercase if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is LOWERCASE_LETTER, or it has contributory property Other_Lowercase as defined by the Unicode Standard.

The following are examples of lowercase characters:

 a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z '\u00DF' '\u00E0' '\u00E1' '\u00E2' '\u00E3' '\u00E4' '\u00E5' '\u00E6' '\u00E7' '\u00E8' '\u00E9' '\u00EA' '\u00EB' '\u00EC' '\u00ED' '\u00EE' '\u00EF' '\u00F0' '\u00F1' '\u00F2' '\u00F3' '\u00F4' '\u00F5' '\u00F6' '\u00F8' '\u00F9' '\u00FA' '\u00FB' '\u00FC' '\u00FD' '\u00FE' '\u00FF' 

Many other Unicode characters are lowercase too.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is lowercase; false otherwise.

isUpperCase

added in API level 1.0
static fun isUpperCase(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is an uppercase character.

A character is uppercase if its general category type, provided by Character.getType(ch), is UPPERCASE_LETTER. or it has contributory property Other_Uppercase as defined by the Unicode Standard.

The following are examples of uppercase characters:

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z '\u00C0' '\u00C1' '\u00C2' '\u00C3' '\u00C4' '\u00C5' '\u00C6' '\u00C7' '\u00C8' '\u00C9' '\u00CA' '\u00CB' '\u00CC' '\u00CD' '\u00CE' '\u00CF' '\u00D0' '\u00D1' '\u00D2' '\u00D3' '\u00D4' '\u00D5' '\u00D6' '\u00D8' '\u00D9' '\u00DA' '\u00DB' '\u00DC' '\u00DD' '\u00DE' 

Many other Unicode characters are uppercase too.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isUpperCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is uppercase; false otherwise.

isUpperCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun isUpperCase(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is an uppercase character.

A character is uppercase if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is UPPERCASE_LETTER, or it has contributory property Other_Uppercase as defined by the Unicode Standard.

The following are examples of uppercase characters:

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z '\u00C0' '\u00C1' '\u00C2' '\u00C3' '\u00C4' '\u00C5' '\u00C6' '\u00C7' '\u00C8' '\u00C9' '\u00CA' '\u00CB' '\u00CC' '\u00CD' '\u00CE' '\u00CF' '\u00D0' '\u00D1' '\u00D2' '\u00D3' '\u00D4' '\u00D5' '\u00D6' '\u00D8' '\u00D9' '\u00DA' '\u00DB' '\u00DC' '\u00DD' '\u00DE' 

Many other Unicode characters are uppercase too.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is uppercase; false otherwise.

isTitleCase

static fun isTitleCase(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a titlecase character.

A character is a titlecase character if its general category type, provided by Character.getType(ch), is TITLECASE_LETTER.

Some characters look like pairs of Latin letters. For example, there is an uppercase letter that looks like "LJ" and has a corresponding lowercase letter that looks like "lj". A third form, which looks like "Lj", is the appropriate form to use when rendering a word in lowercase with initial capitals, as for a book title.

These are some of the Unicode characters for which this method returns true:

  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SMALL LETTER Z WITH CARON
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L WITH SMALL LETTER J
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N WITH SMALL LETTER J
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SMALL LETTER Z

Many other Unicode characters are titlecase too.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isTitleCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is titlecase; false otherwise.

isTitleCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun isTitleCase(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a titlecase character.

A character is a titlecase character if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is TITLECASE_LETTER.

Some characters look like pairs of Latin letters. For example, there is an uppercase letter that looks like "LJ" and has a corresponding lowercase letter that looks like "lj". A third form, which looks like "Lj", is the appropriate form to use when rendering a word in lowercase with initial capitals, as for a book title.

These are some of the Unicode characters for which this method returns true:

  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SMALL LETTER Z WITH CARON
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L WITH SMALL LETTER J
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N WITH SMALL LETTER J
  • LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D WITH SMALL LETTER Z

Many other Unicode characters are titlecase too.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is titlecase; false otherwise.

isDigit

static fun isDigit(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a digit.

A character is a digit if its general category type, provided by Character.getType(ch), is DECIMAL_DIGIT_NUMBER.

Some Unicode character ranges that contain digits:

  • '\u005Cu0030' through '\u005Cu0039', ISO-LATIN-1 digits ('0' through '9')
  • '\u005Cu0660' through '\u005Cu0669', Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u005Cu06F0' through '\u005Cu06F9', Extended Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u005Cu0966' through '\u005Cu096F', Devanagari digits
  • '\u005CuFF10' through '\u005CuFF19', Fullwidth digits
Many other character ranges contain digits as well.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isDigit(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a digit; false otherwise.

isDigit

added in API level 1.5
static fun isDigit(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a digit.

A character is a digit if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is DECIMAL_DIGIT_NUMBER.

Some Unicode character ranges that contain digits:

  • '\u005Cu0030' through '\u005Cu0039', ISO-LATIN-1 digits ('0' through '9')
  • '\u005Cu0660' through '\u005Cu0669', Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u005Cu06F0' through '\u005Cu06F9', Extended Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u005Cu0966' through '\u005Cu096F', Devanagari digits
  • '\u005CuFF10' through '\u005CuFF19', Fullwidth digits
Many other character ranges contain digits as well.
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a digit; false otherwise.

isDefined

static fun isDefined(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if a character is defined in Unicode.

A character is defined if at least one of the following is true:

  • It has an entry in the UnicodeData file.
  • It has a value in a range defined by the UnicodeData file.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isDefined(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested
Return
Boolean: true if the character has a defined meaning in Unicode; false otherwise.

isDefined

added in API level 1.5
static fun isDefined(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if a character (Unicode code point) is defined in Unicode.

A character is defined if at least one of the following is true:

  • It has an entry in the UnicodeData file.
  • It has a value in a range defined by the UnicodeData file.
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character has a defined meaning in Unicode; false otherwise.

isLetter

static fun isLetter(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a letter.

A character is considered to be a letter if its general category type, provided by Character.getType(ch), is any of the following:

  • UPPERCASE_LETTER
  • LOWERCASE_LETTER
  • TITLECASE_LETTER
  • MODIFIER_LETTER
  • OTHER_LETTER
Not all letters have case. Many characters are letters but are neither uppercase nor lowercase nor titlecase.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isLetter(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a letter; false otherwise.

isLetter

added in API level 1.5
static fun isLetter(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a letter.

A character is considered to be a letter if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is any of the following:

  • UPPERCASE_LETTER
  • LOWERCASE_LETTER
  • TITLECASE_LETTER
  • MODIFIER_LETTER
  • OTHER_LETTER
Not all letters have case. Many characters are letters but are neither uppercase nor lowercase nor titlecase.
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a letter; false otherwise.

isLetterOrDigit

static fun isLetterOrDigit(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a letter or digit.

A character is considered to be a letter or digit if either Character.isLetter(char ch) or Character.isDigit(char ch) returns true for the character.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isLetterOrDigit(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a letter or digit; false otherwise.

isLetterOrDigit

added in API level 1.5
static fun isLetterOrDigit(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a letter or digit.

A character is considered to be a letter or digit if either isLetter(codePoint) or isDigit(codePoint) returns true for the character.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a letter or digit; false otherwise.

isJavaLetter

static fun isJavaLetter(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

A character may start a Java identifier if and only if one of the following is true:

  • isLetter(ch) returns true
  • getType(ch) returns LETTER_NUMBER
  • ch is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • ch is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_').
Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may start a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isJavaLetterOrDigit

static fun isJavaLetterOrDigit(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

A character may be part of a Java identifier if and only if any of the following are true:

  • it is a letter
  • it is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • it is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_')
  • it is a digit
  • it is a numeric letter (such as a Roman numeral character)
  • it is a combining mark
  • it is a non-spacing mark
  • isIdentifierIgnorable returns true for the character.
Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may be part of a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isAlphabetic

added in API level 1.7
static fun isAlphabetic(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is an alphabet.

A character is considered to be alphabetic if its general category type, provided by getType(codePoint), is any of the following:

  • UPPERCASE_LETTER
  • LOWERCASE_LETTER
  • TITLECASE_LETTER
  • MODIFIER_LETTER
  • OTHER_LETTER
  • LETTER_NUMBER
or it has contributory property Other_Alphabetic as defined by the Unicode Standard.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a Unicode alphabet character, false otherwise.

isIdeographic

added in API level 1.7
static fun isIdeographic(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese) ideograph, as defined by the Unicode Standard.
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a Unicode ideograph character, false otherwise.

isJavaIdentifierStart

added in API level 1.1
static fun isJavaIdentifierStart(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

A character may start a Java identifier if and only if one of the following conditions is true:

  • isLetter(ch) returns true
  • getType(ch) returns LETTER_NUMBER
  • ch is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • ch is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_').

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isJavaIdentifierStart(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may start a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isJavaIdentifierStart

added in API level 1.5
static fun isJavaIdentifierStart(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the character (Unicode code point) is permissible as the first character in a Java identifier.

A character may start a Java identifier if and only if one of the following conditions is true:

  • isLetter(codePoint) returns true
  • getType(codePoint) returns LETTER_NUMBER
  • the referenced character is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • the referenced character is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_').
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may start a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isJavaIdentifierPart

added in API level 1.1
static fun isJavaIdentifierPart(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

A character may be part of a Java identifier if any of the following are true:

  • it is a letter
  • it is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • it is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_')
  • it is a digit
  • it is a numeric letter (such as a Roman numeral character)
  • it is a combining mark
  • it is a non-spacing mark
  • isIdentifierIgnorable returns true for the character

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isJavaIdentifierPart(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may be part of a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isJavaIdentifierPart

added in API level 1.5
static fun isJavaIdentifierPart(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the character (Unicode code point) may be part of a Java identifier as other than the first character.

A character may be part of a Java identifier if any of the following are true:

  • it is a letter
  • it is a currency symbol (such as '$')
  • it is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_')
  • it is a digit
  • it is a numeric letter (such as a Roman numeral character)
  • it is a combining mark
  • it is a non-spacing mark
  • isIdentifierIgnorable(codePoint) returns true for the character
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may be part of a Java identifier; false otherwise.

isUnicodeIdentifierStart

added in API level 1.1
static fun isUnicodeIdentifierStart(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is permissible as the first character in a Unicode identifier.

A character may start a Unicode identifier if and only if one of the following conditions is true:

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isUnicodeIdentifierStart(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may start a Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

isUnicodeIdentifierStart

added in API level 1.5
static fun isUnicodeIdentifierStart(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is permissible as the first character in a Unicode identifier.

A character may start a Unicode identifier if and only if one of the following conditions is true:

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may start a Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

isUnicodeIdentifierPart

added in API level 1.1
static fun isUnicodeIdentifierPart(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character may be part of a Unicode identifier as other than the first character.

A character may be part of a Unicode identifier if and only if one of the following statements is true:

  • it is a letter
  • it is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_')
  • it is a digit
  • it is a numeric letter (such as a Roman numeral character)
  • it is a combining mark
  • it is a non-spacing mark
  • isIdentifierIgnorable returns true for this character.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isUnicodeIdentifierPart(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may be part of a Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

isUnicodeIdentifierPart

added in API level 1.5
static fun isUnicodeIdentifierPart(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) may be part of a Unicode identifier as other than the first character.

A character may be part of a Unicode identifier if and only if one of the following statements is true:

  • it is a letter
  • it is a connecting punctuation character (such as '_')
  • it is a digit
  • it is a numeric letter (such as a Roman numeral character)
  • it is a combining mark
  • it is a non-spacing mark
  • isIdentifierIgnorable returns true for this character.
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character may be part of a Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

isIdentifierIgnorable

added in API level 1.1
static fun isIdentifierIgnorable(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character should be regarded as an ignorable character in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier.

The following Unicode characters are ignorable in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier:

  • ISO control characters that are not whitespace
    • '\u005Cu0000' through '\u005Cu0008'
    • '\u005Cu000E' through '\u005Cu001B'
    • '\u005Cu007F' through '\u005Cu009F'
  • all characters that have the FORMAT general category value

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isIdentifierIgnorable(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is an ignorable control character that may be part of a Java or Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

isIdentifierIgnorable

added in API level 1.5
static fun isIdentifierIgnorable(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) should be regarded as an ignorable character in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier.

The following Unicode characters are ignorable in a Java identifier or a Unicode identifier:

  • ISO control characters that are not whitespace
    • '\u005Cu0000' through '\u005Cu0008'
    • '\u005Cu000E' through '\u005Cu001B'
    • '\u005Cu007F' through '\u005Cu009F'
  • all characters that have the FORMAT general category value
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is an ignorable control character that may be part of a Java or Unicode identifier; false otherwise.

toLowerCase

static fun toLowerCase(ch: Char): Char

Converts the character argument to lowercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

Note that Character.isLowerCase(Character.toLowerCase(ch)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters, particularly those that are symbols or ideographs.

In general, String#toLowerCase() should be used to map characters to lowercase. String case mapping methods have several benefits over Character case mapping methods. String case mapping methods can perform locale-sensitive mappings, context-sensitive mappings, and 1:M character mappings, whereas the Character case mapping methods cannot.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #toLowerCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be converted.
Return
Char: the lowercase equivalent of the character, if any; otherwise, the character itself.

toLowerCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun toLowerCase(codePoint: Int): Int

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to lowercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

Note that Character.isLowerCase(Character.toLowerCase(codePoint)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters, particularly those that are symbols or ideographs.

In general, String#toLowerCase() should be used to map characters to lowercase. String case mapping methods have several benefits over Character case mapping methods. String case mapping methods can perform locale-sensitive mappings, context-sensitive mappings, and 1:M character mappings, whereas the Character case mapping methods cannot.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
Return
Int: the lowercase equivalent of the character (Unicode code point), if any; otherwise, the character itself.

toUpperCase

static fun toUpperCase(ch: Char): Char

Converts the character argument to uppercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

Note that Character.isUpperCase(Character.toUpperCase(ch)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters, particularly those that are symbols or ideographs.

In general, String#toUpperCase() should be used to map characters to uppercase. String case mapping methods have several benefits over Character case mapping methods. String case mapping methods can perform locale-sensitive mappings, context-sensitive mappings, and 1:M character mappings, whereas the Character case mapping methods cannot.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #toUpperCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be converted.
Return
Char: the uppercase equivalent of the character, if any; otherwise, the character itself.

toUpperCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun toUpperCase(codePoint: Int): Int

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to uppercase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file.

Note that Character.isUpperCase(Character.toUpperCase(codePoint)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters, particularly those that are symbols or ideographs.

In general, String#toUpperCase() should be used to map characters to uppercase. String case mapping methods have several benefits over Character case mapping methods. String case mapping methods can perform locale-sensitive mappings, context-sensitive mappings, and 1:M character mappings, whereas the Character case mapping methods cannot.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
Return
Int: the uppercase equivalent of the character, if any; otherwise, the character itself.

toTitleCase

static fun toTitleCase(ch: Char): Char

Converts the character argument to titlecase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file. If a character has no explicit titlecase mapping and is not itself a titlecase char according to UnicodeData, then the uppercase mapping is returned as an equivalent titlecase mapping. If the char argument is already a titlecase char, the same char value will be returned.

Note that Character.isTitleCase(Character.toTitleCase(ch)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #toTitleCase(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be converted.
Return
Char: the titlecase equivalent of the character, if any; otherwise, the character itself.

toTitleCase

added in API level 1.5
static fun toTitleCase(codePoint: Int): Int

Converts the character (Unicode code point) argument to titlecase using case mapping information from the UnicodeData file. If a character has no explicit titlecase mapping and is not itself a titlecase char according to UnicodeData, then the uppercase mapping is returned as an equivalent titlecase mapping. If the character argument is already a titlecase character, the same character value will be returned.

Note that Character.isTitleCase(Character.toTitleCase(codePoint)) does not always return true for some ranges of characters.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
Return
Int: the titlecase equivalent of the character, if any; otherwise, the character itself.

digit

static fun digit(ch: Char, radix: Int): Int

Returns the numeric value of the character ch in the specified radix.

If the radix is not in the range MIN_RADIXradixMAX_RADIX or if the value of ch is not a valid digit in the specified radix, -1 is returned. A character is a valid digit if at least one of the following is true:

  • The method isDigit is true of the character and the Unicode decimal digit value of the character (or its single-character decomposition) is less than the specified radix. In this case the decimal digit value is returned.
  • The character is one of the uppercase Latin letters 'A' through 'Z' and its code is less than radix + 'A' - 10. In this case, ch - 'A' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the lowercase Latin letters 'a' through 'z' and its code is less than radix + 'a' - 10. In this case, ch - 'a' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the fullwidth uppercase Latin letters A ('\u005CuFF21') through Z ('\u005CuFF3A') and its code is less than radix + '\u005CuFF21' - 10. In this case, ch - '\u005CuFF21' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the fullwidth lowercase Latin letters a ('\u005CuFF41') through z ('\u005CuFF5A') and its code is less than radix + '\u005CuFF41' - 10. In this case, ch - '\u005CuFF41' + 10 is returned.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #digit(int, int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be converted.
radix Char: the radix.
Return
Int: the numeric value represented by the character in the specified radix.

digit

added in API level 1.5
static fun digit(codePoint: Int, radix: Int): Int

Returns the numeric value of the specified character (Unicode code point) in the specified radix.

If the radix is not in the range MIN_RADIXradixMAX_RADIX or if the character is not a valid digit in the specified radix, -1 is returned. A character is a valid digit if at least one of the following is true:

  • The method isDigit(codePoint) is true of the character and the Unicode decimal digit value of the character (or its single-character decomposition) is less than the specified radix. In this case the decimal digit value is returned.
  • The character is one of the uppercase Latin letters 'A' through 'Z' and its code is less than radix + 'A' - 10. In this case, codePoint - 'A' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the lowercase Latin letters 'a' through 'z' and its code is less than radix + 'a' - 10. In this case, codePoint - 'a' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the fullwidth uppercase Latin letters A ('\u005CuFF21') through Z ('\u005CuFF3A') and its code is less than radix + '\u005CuFF21' - 10. In this case, codePoint - '\u005CuFF21' + 10 is returned.
  • The character is one of the fullwidth lowercase Latin letters a ('\u005CuFF41') through z ('\u005CuFF5A') and its code is less than radix + '\u005CuFF41'- 10. In this case, codePoint - '\u005CuFF41' + 10 is returned.
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
radix Int: the radix.
Return
Int: the numeric value represented by the character in the specified radix.

getNumericValue

added in API level 1.1
static fun getNumericValue(ch: Char): Int

Returns the int value that the specified Unicode character represents. For example, the character '\u005Cu216C' (the roman numeral fifty) will return an int with a value of 50.

The letters A-Z in their uppercase ('\u005Cu0041' through '\u005Cu005A'), lowercase ('\u005Cu0061' through '\u005Cu007A'), and full width variant ('\u005CuFF21' through '\u005CuFF3A' and '\u005CuFF41' through '\u005CuFF5A') forms have numeric values from 10 through 35. This is independent of the Unicode specification, which does not assign numeric values to these char values.

If the character does not have a numeric value, then -1 is returned. If the character has a numeric value that cannot be represented as a nonnegative integer (for example, a fractional value), then -2 is returned.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #getNumericValue(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be converted.
Return
Int: the numeric value of the character, as a nonnegative int value; -2 if the character has a numeric value that is not a nonnegative integer; -1 if the character has no numeric value.

getNumericValue

added in API level 1.5
static fun getNumericValue(codePoint: Int): Int

Returns the int value that the specified character (Unicode code point) represents. For example, the character '\u005Cu216C' (the Roman numeral fifty) will return an int with a value of 50.

The letters A-Z in their uppercase ('\u005Cu0041' through '\u005Cu005A'), lowercase ('\u005Cu0061' through '\u005Cu007A'), and full width variant ('\u005CuFF21' through '\u005CuFF3A' and '\u005CuFF41' through '\u005CuFF5A') forms have numeric values from 10 through 35. This is independent of the Unicode specification, which does not assign numeric values to these char values.

If the character does not have a numeric value, then -1 is returned. If the character has a numeric value that cannot be represented as a nonnegative integer (for example, a fractional value), then -2 is returned.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be converted.
Return
Int: the numeric value of the character, as a nonnegative int value; -2 if the character has a numeric value that is not a nonnegative integer; -1 if the character has no numeric value.

isSpace

static fun isSpace(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is ISO-LATIN-1 white space. This method returns true for the following five characters only: '\t' U+0009 HORIZONTAL TABULATION '\n' U+000A NEW LINE '\f' U+000C FORM FEED '\r' U+000D CARRIAGE RETURN ' ' U+0020 SPACE

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is ISO-LATIN-1 white space; false otherwise.

isSpaceChar

added in API level 1.1
static fun isSpaceChar(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is a Unicode space character. A character is considered to be a space character if and only if it is specified to be a space character by the Unicode Standard. This method returns true if the character's general category type is any of the following:

  • SPACE_SEPARATOR
  • LINE_SEPARATOR
  • PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isSpaceChar(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a space character; false otherwise.

isSpaceChar

added in API level 1.5
static fun isSpaceChar(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is a Unicode space character. A character is considered to be a space character if and only if it is specified to be a space character by the Unicode Standard. This method returns true if the character's general category type is any of the following:

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a space character; false otherwise.

isWhitespace

added in API level 1.1
static fun isWhitespace(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is white space according to Java. A character is a Java whitespace character if and only if it satisfies one of the following criteria:

  • It is a Unicode space character (SPACE_SEPARATOR, LINE_SEPARATOR, or PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR) but is not also a non-breaking space ('\u005Cu00A0', '\u005Cu2007', '\u005Cu202F').
  • It is '\u005Ct', U+0009 HORIZONTAL TABULATION.
  • It is '\u005Cn', U+000A LINE FEED.
  • It is '\u005Cu000B', U+000B VERTICAL TABULATION.
  • It is '\u005Cf', U+000C FORM FEED.
  • It is '\u005Cr', U+000D CARRIAGE RETURN.
  • It is '\u005Cu001C', U+001C FILE SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001D', U+001D GROUP SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001E', U+001E RECORD SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001F', U+001F UNIT SEPARATOR.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isWhitespace(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a Java whitespace character; false otherwise.

isWhitespace

added in API level 1.5
static fun isWhitespace(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the specified character (Unicode code point) is white space according to Java. A character is a Java whitespace character if and only if it satisfies one of the following criteria:

  • It is a Unicode space character (#SPACE_SEPARATOR, #LINE_SEPARATOR, or #PARAGRAPH_SEPARATOR) but is not also a non-breaking space ('\u005Cu00A0', '\u005Cu2007', '\u005Cu202F').
  • It is '\u005Ct', U+0009 HORIZONTAL TABULATION.
  • It is '\u005Cn', U+000A LINE FEED.
  • It is '\u005Cu000B', U+000B VERTICAL TABULATION.
  • It is '\u005Cf', U+000C FORM FEED.
  • It is '\u005Cr', U+000D CARRIAGE RETURN.
  • It is '\u005Cu001C', U+001C FILE SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001D', U+001D GROUP SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001E', U+001E RECORD SEPARATOR.
  • It is '\u005Cu001F', U+001F UNIT SEPARATOR.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is a Java whitespace character; false otherwise.

isISOControl

added in API level 1.1
static fun isISOControl(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines if the specified character is an ISO control character. A character is considered to be an ISO control character if its code is in the range '\u005Cu0000' through '\u005Cu001F' or in the range '\u005Cu007F' through '\u005Cu009F'.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isISOControl(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: the character to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is an ISO control character; false otherwise.

isISOControl

added in API level 1.5
static fun isISOControl(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines if the referenced character (Unicode code point) is an ISO control character. A character is considered to be an ISO control character if its code is in the range '\u005Cu0000' through '\u005Cu001F' or in the range '\u005Cu007F' through '\u005Cu009F'.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is an ISO control character; false otherwise.

forDigit

static fun forDigit(digit: Int, radix: Int): Char

Determines the character representation for a specific digit in the specified radix. If the value of radix is not a valid radix, or the value of digit is not a valid digit in the specified radix, the null character ('\u005Cu0000') is returned.

The radix argument is valid if it is greater than or equal to MIN_RADIX and less than or equal to MAX_RADIX. The digit argument is valid if 0 <= digit < radix.

If the digit is less than 10, then '0' + digit is returned. Otherwise, the value 'a' + digit - 10 is returned.

Parameters
digit Int: the number to convert to a character.
radix Int: the radix.
Return
Char: the char representation of the specified digit in the specified radix.

isMirrored

added in API level 1.4
static fun isMirrored(ch: Char): Boolean

Determines whether the character is mirrored according to the Unicode specification. Mirrored characters should have their glyphs horizontally mirrored when displayed in text that is right-to-left. For example, '\u005Cu0028' LEFT PARENTHESIS is semantically defined to be an opening parenthesis. This will appear as a "(" in text that is left-to-right but as a ")" in text that is right-to-left.

Note: This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the #isMirrored(int) method.

Parameters
ch Char: char for which the mirrored property is requested
Return
Boolean: true if the char is mirrored, false if the char is not mirrored or is not defined.

isMirrored

added in API level 1.5
static fun isMirrored(codePoint: Int): Boolean

Determines whether the specified character (Unicode code point) is mirrored according to the Unicode specification. Mirrored characters should have their glyphs horizontally mirrored when displayed in text that is right-to-left. For example, '\u005Cu0028' LEFT PARENTHESIS is semantically defined to be an opening parenthesis. This will appear as a "(" in text that is left-to-right but as a ")" in text that is right-to-left.

Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point) to be tested.
Return
Boolean: true if the character is mirrored, false if the character is not mirrored or is not defined.

compare

added in API level 1.7
static fun compare(x: Char, y: Char): Int

Compares two char values numerically. The value returned is identical to what would be returned by:

 Character.valueOf(x).compareTo(Character.valueOf(y)) 

Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)

Parameters
x Char: the first char to compare
y Char: the second char to compare
Return
Int: the value 0 if x == y; a value less than 0 if x < y; and a value greater than 0 if x > y

reverseBytes

added in API level 1.5
static fun reverseBytes(ch: Char): Char

Returns the value obtained by reversing the order of the bytes in the specified char value.

Parameters
ch Char: The char of which to reverse the byte order.
Return
Char: the value obtained by reversing (or, equivalently, swapping) the bytes in the specified char value.

getName

added in API level 1.7
static fun getName(codePoint: Int): String?

Returns the Unicode name of the specified character codePoint, or null if the code point is unassigned.

Note: if the specified character is not assigned a name by the UnicodeData file (part of the Unicode Character Database maintained by the Unicode Consortium), the returned name is the same as the result of expression.

Character.UnicodeBlock.of(codePoint).toString().replace('_', ' ') + " " + Integer.toHexString(codePoint).toUpperCase(Locale.ENGLISH);
Requires API level 19 (Android 4.4, KitKat)
Parameters
codePoint Int: the character (Unicode code point)
Return
String?: the Unicode name of the specified character, or null if the code point is unassigned.
Exceptions
IllegalArgumentException if the specified codePoint is not a valid Unicode code point.

Properties

TYPE

added in API level 1.1
static val TYPE: Class<Char!>!

The Class instance representing the primitive type char.