DelphiBasics
WideChar
Type
Variable type holding a single International character System unit
  type : WideChar = #0..#65535;
Description
The WideChar type is a simple variable type used to hold a single character that supports International character sets.
 
WideChar types are 16 bits in size, providing support for multi-byte International character sets such as Chinese, which have vast numbers of characters (idiograms) in their character sets.
 
It can be assigned from a character constant, or an integer.
Related commands
Char Variable type holding a single character
PWideChar Pointer to a WideChar
WideString A data type that holds a string of WideChars
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Example code : Different ways of assigning to and from a WideChar
// Full Unit code.
// -----------------------------------------------------------
// You must store this code in a unit called Unit1 with a form
// called Form1 that has an OnCreate event called FormCreate.
 
unit Unit1;
 
interface
 
uses
  // The System unit does not need to be defined
  Forms, Dialogs;
 
type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
  end;
 
var
  
Form1: TForm1;
 
implementation
{$R *.dfm} // Include form definitions
 
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);

var
  myChar  : WideChar;

begin
  myChar := 'G';                    // Assign from a character constant
  ShowMessage('Letter G = '+myChar);

  myChar := #65;                    // Assign from an integer constant
  ShowMessage('#65 = '+myChar);

  myChar := ^I;                     // Assign from a control char - tab
  ShowMessage('Control '+myChar+' character');

  myChar := Chr(66);                // Using Chr to convert a number
  ShowMessage('Chr(66) = '+myChar);

  myChar := WideChar(67);           // Using WideChar as a standard cast
  ShowMessage('WideChar(67) = '+myChar);
end;
 
end.
Hide full unit code
   Letter G = G
   #65 = A
   Control    character
   Chr(66) = B
   WideChar(67) = C
 
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