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StringComparer::Ordinal Property

Updated: May 2010

Gets a StringComparer object that performs a case-sensitive ordinal string comparison.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public:
static property StringComparer^ Ordinal {
	StringComparer^ get ();
}

Property Value

Type: System::StringComparer
A StringComparer object.

The StringComparer returned by the Ordinal property performs a simple byte comparison that is independent of language. This is most appropriate when comparing strings that are generated programmatically or when comparing case-sensitive resources such as passwords.

The Ordinal 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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Date

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Reason

May 2010

Added usage guidelines.

Customer feedback.

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