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CompareInfo.Compare Method (String, Int32, String, Int32)

Compares the end section of a string with the end section of another string.

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

public virtual int Compare(
	string string1,
	int offset1,
	string string2,
	int offset2
)

Parameters

string1
Type: System.String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index of the character in string1 at which to start comparing.

string2
Type: System.String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index of the character in string2 at which to start comparing.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

Value

Condition

zero

The two strings are equal.

less than zero

The specified section of string1 is less than the specified section of string2.

greater than zero

The specified section of string1 is greater than the specified section of string2.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

offset1 or offset2 is less than zero.

-or-

offset1 is greater than or equal to the number of characters in string1.

-or-

offset2 is greater than or equal to the number of characters in string2.

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

NoteNote

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters. The Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) method does not consider these characters when it performs a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, call the Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) method and supply a value of CompareOptions.Ordinal or CompareOptions.OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

The following example compares portions of two strings using the different CompareInfo objects:

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Defines the strings to compare.
      String myStr1 = "calle";
      String myStr2 = "calor";

      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      CompareInfo myCompIntl = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );

      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      CompareInfo myCompTrad = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );

      // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      CompareInfo myCompInva = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo;

      // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1.Substring( 2 ), myStr2.Substring( 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "lle" and "lor"
   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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