wctype man page


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wctype, wctype_l — define character class


#include <wctype.h>

wctype_t wctype(const char *property);
wctype_t wctype_l(const char *property, locale_t locale);


For wctype(): The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

The wctype() and wctype_l() functions are defined for valid character class names as defined in the current locale or in the locale represented by locale, respectively.

The property argument is a string identifying a generic character class for which codeset-specific type information is required. The following character class names shall be defined in all locales:


Additional character class names defined in the locale definition file (category LC_CTYPE) can also be specified.

These functions shall return a value of type wctype_t, which can be used as the second argument to subsequent calls of iswctype() and iswctype_l().

The wctype() and wctype_l() functions shall determine values of wctype_t according to the rules of the coded character set defined by character type information in the current locale or in the locale represented by locale, respectively (category LC_CTYPE).

The values returned by wctype() shall be valid until a call to setlocale() that modifies the category LC_CTYPE.

The values returned by wctype_l() shall be valid only in calls to iswctype_l() with a locale represented by locale with the same LC_CTYPE category value.

The behavior is undefined if the locale argument to wctype_l() is the special locale object LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE or is not a valid locale object handle.

Return Value

The wctype() and wctype_l() functions shall return 0 if the given character class name is not valid for the current locale (category LC_CTYPE); otherwise, they shall return an object of type wctype_t that can be used in calls to iswctype() and iswctype_l().


No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.

See Also


The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <wctype.h>