_ismbblead, _ismbblead_l

Tests a character to determine whether it is a lead byte of a multibyte character.


int _ismbblead(
   unsigned int c
int _ismbblead_l(
   unsigned int c,
   _locale_t locale


Integer to be tested.

Locale to use.

Return Value

Returns a nonzero value if the integer c is the first byte of a multibyte character.


Multibyte characters consist of a lead byte followed by a trailing byte. Lead bytes are distinguished by being in a particular range for a given character set. For example, in code page 932 only, lead bytes range from 0x81 - 0x9F and 0xE0 - 0xFC.

_ismbblead uses the current locale for locale-dependent behavior. _ismbblead_l is identical except that it uses the locale passed in instead. For more information, see Locale.

Generic-Text Routine Mappings

Tchar.h routine _UNICODE and _MBCS not defined _MBCS defined _UNICODE defined
_istlead Always returns false _ismbblead Always returns false


Routine Required header Optional header
_ismbblead <mbctype.h> or <mbstring.h> <ctype.h>,* <limits.h>, <stdlib.h>
_ismbblead_l <mbctype.h> or <mbstring.h> <ctype.h>,* <limits.h>, <stdlib.h>

* For manifest constants for the test conditions.

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility.

See also

Byte Classification
_ismbb Routines