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CompareInfo.Compare Method (String, String, CompareOptions)

Compares two strings using the specified CompareOptions value.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual int Compare(
	string string1,
	string string2,
	CompareOptions options
)

Parameters

string1
Type: System.String

The first string to compare.

string2
Type: System.String

The second string to compare.

options
Type: System.Globalization.CompareOptions

The CompareOptions value that defines how string1 and string2 should be compared. options is either the value Ordinal used by itself, or the bitwise combination of one or more of the following values: IgnoreCase, IgnoreSymbols, IgnoreNonSpace, IgnoreWidth, IgnoreKanaType, and StringSort.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

Value

Condition

zero

The two strings are equal.

less than zero

string1 is less than string2.

greater than zero

string1 is greater than string2.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

options contains an invalid CompareOptions value.

If a security decision depends on a string comparison or a case change, the application should use the InvariantCulture to ensure that the behavior is consistent regardless of the culture settings of the operating system.

The following code example compares two strings using different CompareOptions settings.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Defines the strings to compare.
      String myStr1 = "My Uncle Bill's clients";
      String myStr2 = "My uncle bills clients";

      // Creates a CompareInfo that uses the InvariantCulture.
      CompareInfo myComp = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo;

      // Compares two strings using myComp.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1, myStr2 );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.None ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.Ordinal ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.StringSort ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase | CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "My Uncle Bill's clients" and "My uncle bills clients"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -32
   With StringSort                   : -1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 1
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

*/

The following code example demonstrates calling the Compare method.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Globalization;

public sealed class App
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        String[] sign = new String[] { "<", "=", ">" };

        // The code below demonstrates how strings compare  
        // differently for different cultures.
        String s1 = "Coté", s2 = "coté", s3 = "côte";

        // Set sort order of strings for French in France.
        CompareInfo ci = new CultureInfo("fr-FR").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID);

        // Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.  	
        Console.WriteLine("fr-FR Compare: {0} {2} {1}",
            s1, s2, sign[ci.Compare(s1, s2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase) + 1]);

        // Display the result using fr-FR Compare of coté > côte.
        Console.WriteLine("fr-FR Compare: {0} {2} {1}",
            s2, s3, sign[ci.Compare(s2, s3, CompareOptions.None) + 1]);

        // Set sort order of strings for Japanese as spoken in Japan.
        ci = new CultureInfo("ja-JP").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID);

        // Display the result using ja-JP Compare of coté < côte. 
        Console.WriteLine("ja-JP Compare: {0} {2} {1}",
            s2, s3, sign[ci.Compare(s2, s3) + 1]);
    }
}

// This code produces the following output. 
//  
// The LCID for fr-FR is 1036. 
// fr-FR Compare: Coté = coté 
// fr-FR Compare: coté > côte 
// The LCID for ja-JP is 1041. 
// ja-JP Compare: coté < côte

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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