number — Converts its argument to a number.


number number ( obj any );


The number function converts its argument to a number as follows:

  • A string that consists of decimal number and optional whitespaces is converted to the number recorded. Any other string is converted to NaN ("not-a-number" value). More precisely, a string that consists of optional whitespace followed by an optional plus or minus sign followed by a Number followed by whitespace is converted to the IEEE 754 number that is nearest (according to the IEEE 754 round-to-nearest rule) to the mathematical value represented by the string. Note that it differs from XPATH 1.0 standard where plus sign is not allowed before Number part of the string.

  • Boolean true is converted to 1; boolean false is converted to 0.

  • A node-set is first converted to a string as if by a call to the string function and then converted in the same way as a string argument.

  • An object of a type other than the four basic types is converted to a number in a way that is dependent on that type.

If the argument is omitted, it defaults to a node-set with the context node as its only member.



Value to be converted to a number.

Return Types




number(' 3.1415926 ')

See Also

string() boolean()