Isaac Isaac - 1 month ago 6
Javascript Question

Why does "true" == true show false in JavaScript?

MDC describes the

operator as follows:


If the two operands are not of the same type, JavaScript converts the operands then applies strict comparison. If either operand is a number or a boolean, the operands are converted to numbers if possible; else if either operand is a string, the other operand is converted to a string if possible.


With this in mind, I would evaluate
"true" == true
as follows:


  1. Are they of the same type? No

  2. Is either operand a number or boolean? Yes

  3. Can we convert both to a number? No (
    isNaN(Number("true")) // true
    )

  4. Is either operand a string? Yes

  5. Can we convert the other operand to a string? Yes (
    String(true) === "true" // true
    )



I've ended up with the strings
"true"
and
"true"
, which should evaluate to
true
, but JavaScript shows false.

What have I missed?

Answer

Because "true" is converted to NaN, while true is converted to 1. So they differ.

Like you reported, both are converted to numbers, because at least true can be (see Erik Reppen's comment), and then compared.

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