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Kotlin Android Studio: org.junit.ComparisonFailure with NBSP

I have this code

fun price_twelve_cupcakes() {
    val viewModel = OrderViewModel()
    viewModel.price.observeForever {}
    assertEquals("$27,00", viewModel.price.value)

And I get this Error

And This Comparison Failure



I encountered the same issue with the NBSP sign! Spent some time to figure out what to do with the tests


  1. Pass locale in your string formatters
  2. For tests of locales that use NBSP instead of a space (French, Ukrainian etc.) paste the unicode version of NBSP (u00A0) in your test string


assertEquals("27,00 Br", priceToCheck)

should become

assertEquals("27,00u00A0Br", priceToCheck)

Also note that different locales not only have different grouping sign (comma, dot, space, NBSP etc.) but also a different cents separator (comma, dot)

It’s caused by Locale’s string formatting settings and involves DecimalFormat, String.format, NumberFormat.getCurrencyInstance() If you want your string to be formatted in a stable way no matter what default locale is set, you can use either DecimalFormat(pattern of choice) or pass the Locale you want (say Locale(“en”,”IE”) for Ireland)