The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7
IEEE Std 1003.1-2008, 2016 Edition
Copyright © 2001-2016 The IEEE and The Open Group


iswalnum, iswalnum_l - test for an alphanumeric wide-character code


#include <wctype.h>

int iswalnum(wint_t

[CX] [Option Start] int iswalnum_l(wint_t wc, locale_t locale); [Option End]


For iswalnum(): [CX] [Option Start]  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. [Option End]

The iswalnum() [CX] [Option Start]  and iswalnum_l() [Option End]  functions shall test whether wc is a wide-character code representing a character of class alpha or digit in the current locale, [CX] [Option Start]  or in the locale represented by locale, [Option End] respectively; see XBD Locale.

The wc argument is a wint_t, the value of which the application shall ensure is a wide-character code corresponding to a valid character in the locale used by the function, or equal to the value of the macro WEOF. If the argument has any other value, the behavior is undefined.

[CX] [Option Start] The behavior is undefined if the locale argument to iswalnum_l() is the special locale object LC_GLOBAL_LOCALE or is not a valid locale object handle. [Option End]


The iswalnum() [CX] [Option Start]  and iswalnum_l() [Option End]  functions shall return non-zero if wc is an alphanumeric wide-character code; otherwise, they shall return 0.


No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.




To ensure applications portability, especially across natural languages, only these functions and the functions in the reference pages listed in the SEE ALSO section should be used for character classification.






iswalpha, iswcntrl, iswctype, iswdigit, iswgraph, iswlower, iswprint, iswpunct, iswspace, iswupper, iswxdigit, setlocale, uselocale

XBD Locale, <locale.h>, <stdio.h>, <wctype.h>


First released as a World-wide Portability Interface in Issue 4.

Issue 5

The following change has been made in this version for alignment with ISO/IEC 9899:1990/Amendment 1:1995 (E):

Issue 6

The normative text is updated to avoid use of the term "must" for application requirements.

Issue 7

The iswalnum_l() function is added from The Open Group Technical Standard, 2006, Extended API Set Part 4.

POSIX.1-2008, Technical Corrigendum 1, XSH/TC1-2008/0309 [302], XSH/TC1-2008/0310 [283], and XSH/TC1-2008/0311 [283] are applied.

POSIX.1-2008, Technical Corrigendum 2, XSH/TC2-2008/0180 [685] is applied.

End of informative text.


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