Saran Saran - 1 year ago 115
Objective-C Question

NSArray from NSCharacterset

Currently i am able to make array of Alphabets like below

[[NSArray alloc]initWithObjects:@"A",@"B",@"C",@"D",@"E",@"F",@"G",@"H",@"I",@"J",@"K",



Knowing that is available over

[NSCharacterSet uppercaseLetterCharacterSet]

Is there anyway i can make an array out of it?

Answer Source

The following code creates an array containing all characters of a given character set. It works also for characters outside of the "basic multilingual plane" (characters > U+FFFF, e.g. U+10400 DESERET CAPITAL LETTER LONG I).

NSCharacterSet *charset = [NSCharacterSet uppercaseLetterCharacterSet];
NSMutableArray *array = [NSMutableArray array];
for (int plane = 0; plane <= 16; plane++) {
    if ([charset hasMemberInPlane:plane]) {
        UTF32Char c;
        for (c = plane << 16; c < (plane+1) << 16; c++) {
            if ([charset longCharacterIsMember:c]) {
                UTF32Char c1 = OSSwapHostToLittleInt32(c); // To make it byte-order safe
                NSString *s = [[NSString alloc] initWithBytes:&c1 length:4 encoding:NSUTF32LittleEndianStringEncoding];
                [array addObject:s];

For the uppercaseLetterCharacterSet this gives an array of 1467 elements. But note that characters > U+FFFF are stored as UTF-16 surrogate pair in NSString, so for example U+10400 actually is stored in NSString as 2 characters "\uD801\uDC00".