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StringComparer.InvariantCulture Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets a StringComparer object that performs a case-sensitive string comparison using the word comparison rules of the invariant culture.

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

public:
static property StringComparer^ InvariantCulture {
	StringComparer^ get ();
}
/** @property */
public static StringComparer get_InvariantCulture ()

public static function get InvariantCulture () : StringComparer

Property Value

A new StringComparer object.

The invariant culture is the CultureInfo object returned by the InvariantCulture property.

The InvariantCulture property actually returns an instance of an anonymous class derived from the StringComparer class.

The following code example demonstrates the properties and the Create method of the StringComparer class. The example illustrates how different StringComparer objects sort three versions of the Latin letter I.

// This example demonstrates members of the
// System::StringComparer class.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
using namespace System::Collections::Generic;
using namespace System::Globalization;
using namespace System::Threading;

void Display(List<String^>^ stringList, String^ title)
{
    Char firstChar;
    int codePoint;
    Console::WriteLine(title);
    for each (String^ s in stringList)
    {
        firstChar = s[0];
        codePoint = Convert::ToInt32(firstChar);
        Console::WriteLine("0x{0:x}", codePoint);
    }
    Console::WriteLine();
}

int main()
{
    // Create a list of string.
    List<String^>^ stringList = gcnew List<String^>();

    // Get the tr-TR (Turkish-Turkey) culture.
    CultureInfo^ turkishCulture = gcnew CultureInfo("tr-TR");

    // Get the culture that is associated with the current thread.
    CultureInfo^ currentCulture = Thread::CurrentThread->CurrentCulture;

    // Get the standard StringComparers.
    StringComparer^ invariant = StringComparer::InvariantCulture;
    StringComparer^ invariantIgnoreCase =
        StringComparer::InvariantCultureIgnoreCase;
    StringComparer^ current = StringComparer::CurrentCulture;
    StringComparer^ currentIgnoreCase =
        StringComparer::CurrentCultureIgnoreCase;
    StringComparer^ ordinal = StringComparer::Ordinal;
    StringComparer^ ordinalIgnoreCase = StringComparer::OrdinalIgnoreCase;

    // Create a StringComparer that uses the Turkish culture and ignores
    // case.
    StringComparer^ turkishIgnoreCase =
        StringComparer::Create(turkishCulture, true);

    // Define three strings consisting of different versions of the
    // letter I. LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I (U+0049)
    String^ capitalLetterI = "I";

    // LATIN SMALL LETTER I (U+0069)
    String^ smallLetterI = "i";

    // LATIN SMALL LETTER DOTLESS I (U+0131)
    String^ smallLetterDotlessI = L"\u0131";

    // Add the three strings to the list.
    stringList->Add(capitalLetterI);
    stringList->Add(smallLetterI);
    stringList->Add(smallLetterDotlessI);

    // Display the original list order.
    Display(stringList, "The original order of the list entries...");

    // Sort the list using the invariant culture.
    stringList->Sort(invariant);
    Display(stringList, "Invariant culture...");
    stringList->Sort(invariantIgnoreCase);
    Display(stringList, "Invariant culture, ignore case...");

    // Sort the list using the current culture.
    Console::WriteLine("The current culture is \"{0}\".",
        currentCulture->Name);
    stringList->Sort(current);
    Display(stringList, "Current culture...");
    stringList->Sort(currentIgnoreCase);
    Display(stringList, "Current culture, ignore case...");

    // Sort the list using the ordinal value of the character code points.
    stringList->Sort(ordinal);
    Display(stringList, "Ordinal...");
    stringList->Sort(ordinalIgnoreCase);
    Display(stringList, "Ordinal, ignore case...");

    // Sort the list using the Turkish culture, which treats LATIN SMALL
    // LETTER DOTLESS I differently than LATIN SMALL LETTER I.
    stringList->Sort(turkishIgnoreCase);
    Display(stringList, "Turkish culture, ignore case...");
}
/*
This code example produces the following results:

The original order of the list entries...
0x49
0x69
0x131

Invariant culture...
0x69
0x49
0x131

Invariant culture, ignore case...
0x49
0x69
0x131

The current culture is "en-US".
Current culture...
0x69
0x49
0x131

Current culture, ignore case...
0x49
0x69
0x131

Ordinal...
0x49
0x69
0x131

Ordinal, ignore case...
0x69
0x49
0x131

Turkish culture, ignore case...
0x131
0x49
0x69

*/

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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