This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

CA1309: Use ordinal StringComparison







Breaking Change


A string comparison operation that is nonlinguistic does not set the StringComparison parameter to either Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase.

Many string operations, most important the String.Compare and String.Equals methods, now provide an overload that accepts a StringComparision enumeration value as a parameter.

When you specify either StringComparison.Ordinal or StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase, the string comparison will be nonlinguistic. That is, the features that are specific to the natural language are ignored when comparison decisions are made. This means the decisions are based on simple byte comparisons and ignore casing or equivalence tables that are parameterized by culture. As a result, by explicitly setting the parameter to either the StringComparison.Ordinal or StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase, your code often gains speed, increases correctness, and becomes more reliable.

To fix a violation of this rule, change the string comparison method to an overload that accepts the StringComparison enumeration as a parameter, and specify either Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase. For example, change String.Compare(str1, str2) to String.Compare(str1, str2, StringComparison.Ordinal).

It is safe to suppress a warning from this rule when the library or application is intended for a limited local audience or when the semantics of the current culture should be used.