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CompareInfo.GetSortKey Method (String, CompareOptions)

Gets a SortKey object for the specified string using the specified CompareOptions value.

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

public virtual SortKey GetSortKey(
	string source,
	CompareOptions options


Type: System.String

The string for which a SortKey object is obtained.

Type: System.Globalization.CompareOptions

A bitwise combination of one or more of the following enumeration values that define how the sort key is calculated: IgnoreCase, IgnoreSymbols, IgnoreNonSpace, IgnoreWidth, IgnoreKanaType, and StringSort.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.SortKey
The SortKey object that contains the sort key for the specified string.


options contains an invalid CompareOptions value.

Each character in a string is given several categories of sort weights, including script, alphabetic, case, and diacritic weights. A sort key is the repository of these weights for a particular string. For example, a sort key might contain a string of alphabetic weights, followed by a string of case weights, and so on. The GetSortKey method is equivalent to the Windows API method LCMapString with the LCMAP_SORTKEY flag.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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