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How does one create a case insensitive enumeration class?
So that one could call it as:
aRed = colourEnum.RED;
aRed =;
aRed = colourEnum.ReD;
I would also like to confirm that enumerations must follow variable naming conventions. Ie you can't have an enum that is:
Am I right in this?
Regards, Phillip

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Brendan Hamm
Brendan Hamm on 19 Sep 2016
Why would you want to have your enumeration be able to have any case?
The only place I could consider this, is if the user has to specify the string via some form of text input e.g. an inputdlg. If this is the case, then you should simply do a case insensitive string validation and with this result dynamically create your object:
val = validatestring('red',{'Red'})
aRed = colourEnum.(val)
Other than this, the MATLAB command prompt will alert the user of the correct case of the characters involved.
Yes. Enumerations must conform to the MATLAB variable naming convention.
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Phillip on 19 Sep 2016
Hi Brendan
I hear you and I think you are right (need to give it some thought). The enumeration is unique in itself and should be treated as such. The only problem I have is that I need to code that validation outside of the enumeration object, where somehow naturally i wanted to do it within the object (so that the object handles it). Ie RED is ReD is red and it should be able to accept that.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 19 Sep 2016
You could use a containers.Map to use non-MATLAB variable names if you want:
mapper = containers.Map('enumclass.A/B','A')
Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 20 Sep 2016
Edited: Sean de Wolski on 20 Sep 2016
Hi Phillip,
What I was suggesting won't work the way you have it above. For best looks, what you're doing is probably best. I was thinking more like a factory function to generate the enumerations given any key. disp can be overloaded to make it look right. This is probably not a good idea, but it is possible.
e = genEnum('Hello World')
e =
Hello World
function enumObj = genEnum(key)
mapper = containers.Map({'enumclass.A/B','Hello World'},{'A','B'});
enum = mapper(key);
enumObj = EnumClass.(enum);
classdef EnumClass
function disp(obj)
mapper = containers.Map({'A','B'},{'enumclass.A/B','Hello World'});
label = mapper(char(obj));
Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 20 Sep 2016
Why do you want to do this? What's the bigger picture?

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