ISALPHA(3)                Linux Programmer's Manual               ISALPHA(3)

NAME         top

       isalnum,   isalpha,  isascii,  isblank,  iscntrl,  isdigit,  isgraph,
       islower, isprint, ispunct,  isspace,  isupper,  isxdigit,  isalnum_l,
       isalpha_l,  isascii_l,  isblank_l,  iscntrl_l,  isdigit_l, isgraph_l,
       islower_l, isprint_l, ispunct_l, isspace_l, isupper_l,  isxdigit_l  -
       character classification functions

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <ctype.h>

       int isalnum(int c);
       int isalpha(int c);
       int iscntrl(int c);
       int isdigit(int c);
       int isgraph(int c);
       int islower(int c);
       int isprint(int c);
       int ispunct(int c);
       int isspace(int c);
       int isupper(int c);
       int isxdigit(int c);

       int isascii(int c);
       int isblank(int c);

       int isalnum_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isalpha_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isblank_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int iscntrl_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isdigit_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isgraph_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int islower_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isprint_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int ispunct_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isspace_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isupper_l(int c, locale_t locale);
       int isxdigit_l(int c, locale_t locale);

       int isascii_l(int c, locale_t locale);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

               || /* Glibc since 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE
               || /* Glibc versions <= 2.19: */ _SVID_SOURCE

           _ISOC99_SOURCE || _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L

       isalnum_l(), isalpha_l(), isblank_l(), iscntrl_l(), isdigit_l(),
       isgraph_l(), islower_l(), isprint_l(), ispunct_l(), isspace_l(),
       isupper_l(), isxdigit_l():
           Since glibc 2.10:
                  _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 700
           Before glibc 2.10:

           Since glibc 2.10:
                  _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 700 && (_SVID_SOURCE || _BSD_SOURCE)
           Before glibc 2.10:

DESCRIPTION         top

       These functions check whether c, which must have the value of an
       unsigned char or EOF, falls into a certain character class according
       to the specified locale.  The functions without the "_l" suffix
       perform the check based on the current locale.

       The functions with the "_l" suffix perform the check based on the
       locale specified by the locale object locale.  The behavior of these
       functions is undefined if locale is the special locale object
       LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE (see duplocale(3)) or is not a valid locale object

       The list below explains the operation of the functions without the
       "_l" suffix; the functions with the "_l" suffix differ only in using
       the locale object locale instead of the current locale.

              checks for an alphanumeric character; it is equivalent to
              (isalpha(c) || isdigit(c)).

              checks for an alphabetic character; in the standard "C"
              locale, it is equivalent to (isupper(c) || islower(c)).  In
              some locales, there may be additional characters for which
              isalpha() is true—letters which are neither uppercase nor

              checks whether c is a 7-bit unsigned char value that fits into
              the ASCII character set.

              checks for a blank character; that is, a space or a tab.

              checks for a control character.

              checks for a digit (0 through 9).

              checks for any printable character except space.

              checks for a lowercase character.

              checks for any printable character including space.

              checks for any printable character which is not a space or an
              alphanumeric character.

              checks for white-space characters.  In the "C" and "POSIX"
              locales, these are: space, form-feed ('\f'), newline ('\n'),
              carriage return ('\r'), horizontal tab ('\t'), and vertical
              tab ('\v').

              checks for an uppercase letter.

              checks for hexadecimal digits, that is, one of
              0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 a b c d e f A B C D E F.

RETURN VALUE         top

       The values returned are nonzero if the character c falls into the
       tested class, and zero if not.

VERSIONS         top

       isalnum_l(), isalpha_l(), isblank_l(), iscntrl_l(), isdigit_l(),
       isgraph_l(), islower_l(), isprint_l(), ispunct_l(), isspace_l(),
       isupper_l(), isxdigit_l(), and isascii_l() are available since glibc

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface                        Attribute     Value   │
       │isalnum(), isalpha(), isascii(), │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       │isblank(), iscntrl(), isdigit(), │               │         │
       │isgraph(), islower(), isprint(), │               │         │
       │ispunct(), isspace(), isupper(), │               │         │
       │isxdigit()                       │               │         │

CONFORMING TO         top

       C89 specifies isalnum(), isalpha(), iscntrl(), isdigit(), isgraph(),
       islower(), isprint(), ispunct(), isspace(), isupper(), and
       isxdigit(), but not isascii() and isblank().  POSIX.1-2001 also
       specifies those functions, and also isascii() (as an XSI extension)
       and isblank().  C99 specifies all of the preceding functions, except

       POSIX.1-2008 marks isascii() as obsolete, noting that it cannot be
       used portably in a localized application.

       POSIX.1-2008 specifies isalnum_l(), isalpha_l(), isblank_l(),
       iscntrl_l(), isdigit_l(), isgraph_l(), islower_l(), isprint_l(),
       ispunct_l(), isspace_l(), isupper_l(), and isxdigit_l().

       isascii_l() is a GNU extension.

NOTES         top

       The standards require that the argument c for these functions is
       either EOF or a value that is representable in the type unsigned
       char.  If the argument c is of type char, it must be cast to unsigned
       char, as in the following example:

           char c;
           res = toupper((unsigned char) c);

       This is necessary because char may be the equivalent of signed char,
       in which case a byte where the top bit is set would be sign extended
       when converting to int, yielding a value that is outside the range of
       unsigned char.

       The details of what characters belong to which class depend on the
       locale.  For example, isupper() will not recognize an A-umlaut (Ä) as
       an uppercase letter in the default C locale.

SEE ALSO         top

       iswalnum(3), iswalpha(3), iswblank(3), iswcntrl(3), iswdigit(3),
       iswgraph(3), iswlower(3), iswprint(3), iswpunct(3), iswspace(3),
       iswupper(3), iswxdigit(3), newlocale(3), setlocale(3), toascii(3),
       tolower(3), toupper(3), uselocale(3), ascii(7), locale(7)

COLOPHON         top

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