char-name character name

    Arguments and Values

    character — a character.

    name — a string or nil.


    Returns a string that is the name of the character, or nil if the character has no name.

    All non-graphic characters are required to have names unless they have some implementation-defined attribute which is not null. Whether or not other characters have names is implementation-dependent.

    The standard charactersNewline⟩ and ⟨Space⟩ have the respective names "Newline" and "Space". The semi-standard charactersTab⟩, ⟨Page⟩, ⟨Rubout⟩, ⟨Linefeed⟩, ⟨Return⟩, and ⟨Backspace⟩ (if they are supported by the implementation) have the respective names "Tab", "Page", "Rubout", "Linefeed", "Return", and "Backspace" (in the indicated case, even though name lookup by “#\” and by the function name-char is not case sensitive).

     (char-name #\ )  "Space" 
     (char-name #\Space)  "Space" 
     (char-name #\Page)  "Page" 
     (char-name #\a) 
    or  "LOWERCASE-a" 
    or  "Small-A" 
    or  "LA01" 
     (char-name #\A) 
    or  "UPPERCASE-A" 
    or  "Capital-A" 
    or  "LA02" 
     ;; Even though its CHAR-NAME can vary, #\A prints as #\A 
     (prin1-to-string (read-from-string (format nil "#\\~A" (or (char-name #\A) "A")))) 
    Exceptional Situations

    Should signal an error of type type-error if character is not a character.

    See Also

    name-char, Section (Printing Characters)


    Non-graphic characters having names are written by the Lisp printer as “#\” followed by the their name; see Section (Printing Characters).