Fizzix Fizzix - 1 month ago 5x
Javascript Question

How to convert letters to numbers with Javascript?

How could I convert a letter to its corresponding number in JavaScript?

For example:

a = 0
b = 1
c = 2
d = 3

I found this question on converting numbers to letters beyond the 26 character alphabet, but it is asking for the opposite.

Is there a way to do this without a huge array?


You can get a codepoint* from any index in a string using String.prototype.charCodeAt. If your string is a single character, you’ll want index 0, and the code for a is 97 (easily obtained from JavaScript as 'a'.charCodeAt(0)), so you can just do:

s.charCodeAt(0) - 97

And in case you wanted to go the other way around, String.fromCharCode takes Unicode codepoints* and returns a string.

String.fromCharCode(97 + n)

* not quite