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String.CompareOrdinal Method (String, Int32, String, Int32, Int32)

Compares substrings of two specified String objects by evaluating the numeric values of the corresponding Char objects in each substring.

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

public static int CompareOrdinal(
	string strA,
	int indexA,
	string strB,
	int indexB,
	int length


Type: System.String

The first String.

Type: System.Int32

The starting index of the substring in strA.

Type: System.String

The second String.

Type: System.Int32

The starting index of the substring in strB.

Type: System.Int32

The maximum number of characters in the substrings to compare.

Return Value

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



Less than zero

The substring in strA is less than the substring in strB.


The substrings are equal, or length is zero.

Greater than zero

The substring in strA is greater than the substring in strB.


indexA is greater than strA. Length.


indexB is greater than strB. Length.


indexA, indexB, or length is negative.

The indexA, indexB, and length parameters must be nonnegative.

The number of characters compared is the lesser of the length of strA less indexA, the length of strB less indexB, and length.

This method performs a case-sensitive comparison using ordinal sort rules. For more information about word, string, and ordinal sorts, see System.Globalization.CompareOptions.

This following example demonstrates that CompareOrdinal and Compare use different sort orders.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

class Test 
	public static void Main(String[] args) 
	String strLow = "abc";
	String strCap = "ABC";
	String result = "equal to ";
	int x = 0;
	int pos = 1;

// The Unicode codepoint for 'b' is greater than the codepoint for 'B'.
	x = String.CompareOrdinal(strLow, pos, strCap, pos, 1);
	if (x < 0) result = "less than";
	if (x > 0) result = "greater than";
	Console.WriteLine("CompareOrdinal(\"{0}\"[{2}], \"{1}\"[{2}]):", strLow, strCap, pos);
	Console.WriteLine("   '{0}' is {1} '{2}'", strLow[pos], result, strCap[pos]);

// In U.S. English culture, 'b' is linguistically less than 'B'.
	x = String.Compare(strLow, pos, strCap, pos, 1, false, new CultureInfo("en-US"));
	if (x < 0) result = "less than";
	else if (x > 0) result = "greater than";
	Console.WriteLine("Compare(\"{0}\"[{2}], \"{1}\"[{2}]):", strLow, strCap, pos);
	Console.WriteLine("   '{0}' is {1} '{2}'", strLow[pos], result, strCap[pos]);

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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