Hannes Hannes - 1 month ago 20
Java Question

Why is '१२३' numeric?

According to the documentation the String '१२३' is numeric.

Since I believed this might be a mistake in the documentation, I ran tests to verify the statement. I found that according to Apache Commons it is numeric.

Why is this String numeric? What are those characters representing?

Answer

Because that "CharSequence contains only Unicode digits" (quoting your linked documentation).

All of the characters return true for Character.isDigit:

Some Unicode character ranges that contain digits:

  • '\u0030' through '\u0039', ISO-LATIN-1 digits ('0' through '9')
  • '\u0660' through '\u0669', Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u06F0' through '\u06F9', Extended Arabic-Indic digits
  • '\u0966' through '\u096F', Devanagari digits
  • '\uFF10' through '\uFF19', Fullwidth digits

Many other character ranges contain digits as well.

१२३ are Devanagari digits:

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