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CultureInfo.CompareInfo Property

Gets the CompareInfo that defines how to compare strings for the culture.

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

public virtual CompareInfo CompareInfo { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.CompareInfo
The CompareInfo that defines how to compare strings for the culture.

The user might choose to override some of the values associated with the current culture of Windows through the regional and language options portion of Control Panel. For example, the user might choose to display the date in a different format or to use a currency other than the default for the culture.

If UseUserOverride is true and the specified culture matches the current culture of Windows, the CultureInfo uses those overrides, including user settings for the properties of the DateTimeFormatInfo instance returned by the DateTimeFormat property, and the properties of the NumberFormatInfo instance returned by the NumberFormat property. If the user settings are incompatible with the culture associated with the CultureInfo, for example, if the selected calendar is not one of the OptionalCalendars, the results of the methods and the values of the properties are undefined.

The following code example shows how to create a CultureInfo for Spanish (Spain) with the international sort and another CultureInfo with the traditional sort.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes the CultureInfo which uses the international sort.
      CultureInfo myCIintl = new CultureInfo( "es-ES", false );

      // Creates and initializes the CultureInfo which uses the traditional sort.
      CultureInfo myCItrad = new CultureInfo( 0x040A, false );

      // Displays the properties of each culture.
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "PROPERTY", "INTERNATIONAL", "TRADITIONAL" );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "CompareInfo", myCIintl.CompareInfo, myCItrad.CompareInfo );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "DisplayName", myCIintl.DisplayName, myCItrad.DisplayName );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "EnglishName", myCIintl.EnglishName, myCItrad.EnglishName );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "IsNeutralCulture", myCIintl.IsNeutralCulture, myCItrad.IsNeutralCulture );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "IsReadOnly", myCIintl.IsReadOnly, myCItrad.IsReadOnly );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "LCID", myCIintl.LCID, myCItrad.LCID );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "Name", myCIintl.Name, myCItrad.Name );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "NativeName", myCIintl.NativeName, myCItrad.NativeName );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "Parent", myCIintl.Parent, myCItrad.Parent );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "TextInfo", myCIintl.TextInfo, myCItrad.TextInfo );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "ThreeLetterISOLanguageName", myCIintl.ThreeLetterISOLanguageName, myCItrad.ThreeLetterISOLanguageName );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName", myCIintl.ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName, myCItrad.ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName );
      Console.WriteLine( "{0,-33}{1,-25}{2,-25}", "TwoLetterISOLanguageName", myCIintl.TwoLetterISOLanguageName, myCItrad.TwoLetterISOLanguageName );

      // Compare two strings using myCIintl.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"llegar\" and \"lugar\"" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCIintl.CompareInfo.Compare: {0}", myCIintl.CompareInfo.Compare( "llegar", "lugar" ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCItrad.CompareInfo.Compare: {0}", myCItrad.CompareInfo.Compare( "llegar", "lugar" ) );



This code produces the following output.

PROPERTY                         INTERNATIONAL            TRADITIONAL
CompareInfo                      CompareInfo - 3082       CompareInfo - 1034
DisplayName                      Spanish (Spain)          Spanish (Spain)
EnglishName                      Spanish (Spain)          Spanish (Spain)
IsNeutralCulture                 False                    False
IsReadOnly                       False                    False
LCID                             3082                     1034
Name                             es-ES                    es-ES
NativeName                       español (España)         español (España)
Parent                           es                       es
TextInfo                         TextInfo - 3082          TextInfo - 1034
ThreeLetterISOLanguageName       spa                      spa
ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName   ESN                      ESN
TwoLetterISOLanguageName         es                       es

Comparing "llegar" and "lugar"
   With myCIintl.CompareInfo.Compare: -1
   With myCItrad.CompareInfo.Compare: 1


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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