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CompareInfo::Compare Method (String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions)

Compares a section of one string with a section of another string using the specified CompareOptions value.

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

public:
virtual int Compare(
	String^ string1, 
	int offset1, 
	int length1, 
	String^ string2, 
	int offset2, 
	int length2, 
	CompareOptions options
)

Parameters

string1
Type: System::String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Type: System::Int32

The zero-based index of the character in string1 at which to start comparing.

length1
Type: System::Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string1 to compare.

string2
Type: System::String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Type: System::Int32

The zero-based index of the character in string2 at which to start comparing.

length2
Type: System::Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string2 to compare.

options
Type: System.Globalization::CompareOptions

The CompareOptions value that defines how string1 and string2 should be compared. options is either the value Ordinal used by itself, or the bitwise combination of one or more of the following values: IgnoreCase, IgnoreSymbols, IgnoreNonSpace, IgnoreWidth, IgnoreKanaType, and StringSort.

Return Value

Type: System::Int32

Value

Condition

zero

The two strings are equal.

less than zero

The specified section of string1 is less than the specified section of string2.

greater than zero

The specified section of string1 is greater than the specified section of string2.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

offset1 or length1 or offset2 or length2 is less than zero.

-or-

offset1 is greater than or equal to the number of characters in string1.

-or-

offset2 is greater than or equal to the number of characters in string2.

-or-

length1 is greater than the number of characters from offset1 to the end of string1.

-or-

length2 is greater than the number of characters from offset2 to the end of string2.

ArgumentException

options contains an invalid CompareOptions value.

If a security decision depends on a string comparison or a case change, the application should use the InvariantCulture to ensure that the behavior is consistent regardless of the culture settings of the operating system.

The following code example compares portions of two strings using different CompareOptions settings.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
{

   // Defines the strings to compare.
   String^ myStr1 = "My Uncle Bill's clients";
   String^ myStr2 = "My uncle bills clients";

   // Creates a CompareInfo that uses the InvariantCulture.
   CompareInfo^ myComp = CultureInfo::InvariantCulture->CompareInfo;

   // Compares two strings using myComp.
   Console::WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1->Substring( 3, 10 ), myStr2->Substring( 3, 10 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, CompareOptions::None ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, CompareOptions::Ordinal ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, CompareOptions::StringSort ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, CompareOptions::IgnoreCase ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 3, 10, myStr2, 3, 10, static_cast<CompareOptions>(CompareOptions::IgnoreCase | CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols) ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "Uncle Bill" and "uncle bill"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -32
   With StringSort                   : 1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 0
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 1
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

*/

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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

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