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CompareInfo Class

Implements a set of methods for culture-sensitive string comparisons.

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

public ref class CompareInfo : IDeserializationCallback
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public class CompareInfo implements IDeserializationCallback
public class CompareInfo implements IDeserializationCallback

The CultureInfo class includes a CompareInfo property that is an instance of this class. String.Compare uses the information in CultureInfo.CompareInfo to compare strings.

Unlike most classes, CompareInfo provides the GetCompareInfo method, instead of public constructors, to allow for late-bound access.

To create a CompareInfo for any culture, use the CultureInfo.CompareInfo property, or use the GetCompareInfo method.

Ignored Search Values

Comparison operations, such as the IndexOf or LastIndexOf methods, can yield unexpected results if the value to search for is ignored. The search value is ignored if it is an empty string (""), a character or string consisting of characters whose code points are not considered in the operation because of comparison options, or because the code points have no linguistic significance. If the search value for the IndexOf method is an empty string, for example, the return value is zero.

Security Considerations

If a security decision depends on a string comparison or a case-change operation, use the InvariantCulture to ensure that the behavior will be consistent regardless of the culture settings of the system.

The following code example shows how the CompareInfo object associated with a CultureInfo object affects string comparison.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::Globalization;

int main()
    array<String^>^ sign = gcnew array<String^> { "<", "=", ">" };

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

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

    // Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.
    Console::WriteLine(L"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(L"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 = (gcnew CultureInfo("ja-JP"))->CompareInfo;
    Console::WriteLine(L"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


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0