A character range from an uppercase to a lowercase should not be used in a regular expression

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This rule applies when a character range in a regular expression is from an uppercase letter to a lowercase one.

The ASCII character table has several non-alphabetical characters between the A-Z and a-z ranges. For example, a character range [A-z] is equivalent to [A-Z[\\\]^_`a-z].

Usually, the lowercase letter is a typo because those non-alphabetical characters are unlikely to be intended.
When the characters are actually intended, it is recommended to write them explicitly for code readability.

Noncompliant Code Example

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function isAlphaNumeric(str) {
    return /^[0-9A-z]+$/.test(str); // BAD_RANGE_IN_CHARACTER_CLASS alarm

Compliant Code Example

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function isAlphaNumeric(str) {
    return /^[0-9A-Za-z]+$/.test(str);


This rule was introduced in DeepScan 1.26.0.


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