CompareInfo.Compare CompareInfo.Compare CompareInfo.Compare Method

Definition

Compares two strings.

Overloads

Compare(String, String) Compare(String, String) Compare(String, String)

Compares two strings.

Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) Compare(String, String, CompareOptions)

Compares two strings using the specified CompareOptions value.

Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32)

Compares the end section of a string with the end section of another string.

Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions)

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

Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32)

Compares a section of one string with a section of another string.

Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions)

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

Compare(String, String) Compare(String, String) Compare(String, String)

Compares two strings.

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, System::String ^ string2);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, string string2);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, string2 As String) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

Value Condition
zero The two strings are equal.
less than zero string1 is less than string2.
greater than zero string1 is greater than string2.

Examples

The following example compares portions of two strings using the different CompareInfo objects:

// The following code example compares two strings using the different CompareInfo instances:
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the S"Spanish - Spain" culture with international sort,
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the S"Spanish - Spain" culture with traditional sort, and
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the InvariantCulture.
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
{
   
   // Defines the strings to compare.
   String^ myStr1 = "calle";
   String^ myStr2 = "calor";
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that 
   // uses the S"es-ES" culture with international sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompIntl = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that 
   // uses the S"es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompTrad = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );
   
   // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
   CompareInfo^ myCompInva = CultureInfo::InvariantCulture->CompareInfo;
   
   // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
   Console::WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1, myStr2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl::Compare: {0}", myCompIntl->Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad::Compare: {0}", myCompTrad->Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompInva::Compare: {0}", myCompInva->Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "calle" and "calor"
   With myCompIntl::Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad::Compare: 1
   With myCompInva::Compare: -1
*/
// The following code example compares two strings using the different CompareInfo instances:
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the "Spanish - Spain" culture with international sort,
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the "Spanish - Spain" culture with traditional sort, and
//    a CompareInfo instance associated with the InvariantCulture.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Defines the strings to compare.
      String myStr1 = "calle";
      String myStr2 = "calor";

      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      CompareInfo myCompIntl = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
      
      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      CompareInfo myCompTrad = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );

      // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      CompareInfo myCompInva = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo;

      // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1, myStr2 );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "calle" and "calor"
   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

*/
' The following code example compares two strings using the different CompareInfo instances:
'    a CompareInfo instance associated with the "Spanish - Spain" culture with international sort,
'    a CompareInfo instance associated with the "Spanish - Spain" culture with traditional sort, and
'    a CompareInfo instance associated with the InvariantCulture.

Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "calle"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "calor"

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      Dim myCompIntl As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo("es-ES")

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      Dim myCompTrad As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo(&H40A)

      ' Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myCompInva As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo

      ' Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine("Comparing ""{0}"" and ""{1}""", myStr1, myStr2)
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare(myStr1, myStr2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare(myStr1, myStr2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare(myStr1, myStr2))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Comparing "calle" and "calor"
'   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
'   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
'   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

The following example demonstrates calling the Compare method.

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
using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Globalization;

public sealed class App
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        String[] sign = new String[] { "<", "=", ">" };

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

        // Set sort order of strings for French in France.
        CompareInfo ci = new CultureInfo("fr-FR").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID);
      
        // Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.  	
        Console.WriteLine("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("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 = new CultureInfo("ja-JP").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("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
Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Globalization

NotInheritable Public Class App
    Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String) 
        Dim sign() As String = {"<", "=", ">"}
        
        ' The code below demonstrates how strings compare 
        ' differently for different cultures.
        Dim s1 As String = "Coté"
        Dim s2 As String = "coté"
        Dim s3 As String = "côte"
        
        ' Set sort order of strings for French in France.
        Dim ci As CompareInfo = New CultureInfo("fr-FR").CompareInfo
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID)
        
        ' Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.  	
        Console.WriteLine("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("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 = New CultureInfo("ja-JP").CompareInfo
        Console.WriteLine("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)))
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'App

' 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

Remarks

By default, the comparison is performed by using CompareOptions.None. If a security decision depends on a string comparison or a case change, you should use the InvariantCulture property to ensure that the behavior is consistent regardless of the culture settings of the operating system.

Note

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters, which are characters that are not considered when performing a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. The Compare(String, String) method does not consider such characters when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. For instance, a culture-sensitive comparison of "animal" with "ani-mal" (using a soft hyphen, or U+00AD) indicates that the two strings are equivalent, as the following example shows.

Imports System.Globalization

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim ci As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.CompareInfo
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + ChrW(&h00AD) + "mal"
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      
      Console.WriteLine("Comparison of '{0}' and '{1}': {2}", 
                        s1, s2, ci.Compare(s1, s2))
  End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Comparison of 'ani-mal' and 'animal': 0

To recognize ignorable characters in a string comparison, call the Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) method and supply a value of either Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) Compare(String, String, CompareOptions)

Compares two strings using the specified CompareOptions value.

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, System::String ^ string2, System::Globalization::CompareOptions options);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, string string2, System.Globalization.CompareOptions options);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, string2 As String, options As CompareOptions) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

options
CompareOptions CompareOptions CompareOptions

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

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

Value Condition
zero The two strings are equal.
less than zero string1 is less than string2.
greater than zero string1 is greater than string2.
Exceptions

Examples

The following example compares 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 which uses the InvariantCulture.
   CompareInfo^ myComp = CultureInfo::InvariantCulture->CompareInfo;
   
   // Compares two strings using myComp.
   Console::WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1, myStr2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions::None ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions::Ordinal ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions::StringSort ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions::IgnoreCase ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, myStr2, static_cast<CompareOptions>(CompareOptions::IgnoreCase | CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols) ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "My Uncle Bill's clients" and "My uncle bills clients"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -32
   With StringSort                   : -1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 1
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0
*/
using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void 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, myStr2 );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.None ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.Ordinal ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.StringSort ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase | CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "My Uncle Bill's clients" and "My uncle bills clients"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -32
   With StringSort                   : -1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 1
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "My Uncle Bill's clients"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "My uncle bills clients"

      ' Creates a CompareInfo that uses the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myComp As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo

      ' Compares two strings using myComp.
      Console.WriteLine("Comparing ""{0}"" and ""{1}""", myStr1, myStr2)
      Console.WriteLine("   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With None                         : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.None))
      Console.WriteLine("   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.Ordinal))
      Console.WriteLine("   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.StringSort))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, myStr2, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase Or CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Comparing "My Uncle Bill's clients" and "My uncle bills clients"
'   With no CompareOptions            : 1
'   With None                         : 1
'   With Ordinal                      : -32
'   With StringSort                   : -1
'   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
'   With IgnoreSymbols                : 1
'   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

The following example demonstrates calling the Compare method.

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
using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Globalization;

public sealed class App
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        String[] sign = new String[] { "<", "=", ">" };

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

        // Set sort order of strings for French in France.
        CompareInfo ci = new CultureInfo("fr-FR").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID);
      
        // Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.  	
        Console.WriteLine("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("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 = new CultureInfo("ja-JP").CompareInfo;
        Console.WriteLine("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
Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Globalization

NotInheritable Public Class App
    Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String) 
        Dim sign() As String = {"<", "=", ">"}
        
        ' The code below demonstrates how strings compare 
        ' differently for different cultures.
        Dim s1 As String = "Coté"
        Dim s2 As String = "coté"
        Dim s3 As String = "côte"
        
        ' Set sort order of strings for French in France.
        Dim ci As CompareInfo = New CultureInfo("fr-FR").CompareInfo
        Console.WriteLine("The LCID for {0} is {1}.", ci.Name, ci.LCID)
        
        ' Display the result using fr-FR Compare of Coté = coté.  	
        Console.WriteLine("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("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 = New CultureInfo("ja-JP").CompareInfo
        Console.WriteLine("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)))
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'App

' 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

Remarks

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

Note

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters, which are characters that are not considered when performing a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. The Compare(String, String, CompareOptions) method does not consider such characters when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, supply a value of Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

See Also

Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32)

Compares the end section of a string with the end section of another string.

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, int offset1, System::String ^ string2, int offset2);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, int offset1, string string2, int offset2);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, offset1 As Integer, string2 As String, offset2 As Integer) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

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.
Exceptions

offset1 or offset2 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.

Examples

The following example compares portions of two strings using the different CompareInfo objects:

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
{
   
   // Defines the strings to compare.
   String^ myStr1 = "calle";
   String^ myStr2 = "calor";
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that 
   // uses the S"es-ES" culture with international sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompIntl = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that 
   // uses the S"es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompTrad = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );
   
   // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
   CompareInfo^ myCompInva = CultureInfo::InvariantCulture->CompareInfo;
   
   // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
   Console::WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1->Substring( 2 ), myStr2->Substring( 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl::Compare: {0}", myCompIntl->Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad::Compare: {0}", myCompTrad->Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompInva::Compare: {0}", myCompInva->Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "lle" and "lor"
   With myCompIntl::Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad::Compare: 1
   With myCompInva::Compare: -1
*/
using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Defines the strings to compare.
      String myStr1 = "calle";
      String myStr2 = "calor";

      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      CompareInfo myCompIntl = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
      
      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      CompareInfo myCompTrad = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );

      // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      CompareInfo myCompInva = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo;

      // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1.Substring( 2 ), myStr2.Substring( 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare( myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2 ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "lle" and "lor"
   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "calle"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "calor"

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      Dim myCompIntl As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo("es-ES")

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      Dim myCompTrad As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo(&H40A)

      ' Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myCompInva As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo

      ' Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine("Comparing ""{0}"" and ""{1}""", myStr1.Substring(2), myStr2.Substring(2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare(myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare(myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare(myStr1, 2, myStr2, 2))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Comparing "lle" and "lor"
'   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
'   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
'   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

Remarks

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

Note

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters. The Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32) method does not consider these characters when it performs a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, call the Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) method and supply a value of Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions)

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

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, int offset1, System::String ^ string2, int offset2, System::Globalization::CompareOptions options);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, int offset1, string string2, int offset2, System.Globalization.CompareOptions options);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, offset1 As Integer, string2 As String, offset2 As Integer, options As CompareOptions) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

options
CompareOptions CompareOptions CompareOptions

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

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

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.
Exceptions

offset1 or offset2 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.

Examples

The following 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( 10 ), myStr2->Substring( 10 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions::None ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions::Ordinal ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions::StringSort ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions::IgnoreCase ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp->Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, static_cast<CompareOptions>(CompareOptions::IgnoreCase | CompareOptions::IgnoreSymbols) ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "ill's clients" and "ills clients"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -76
   With StringSort                   : -1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 0
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0
*/
using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void 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( 10 ), myStr2.Substring( 10 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With None                         : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.None ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.Ordinal ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.StringSort ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp.Compare( myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase | CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "ill's clients" and "ills clients"
   With no CompareOptions            : 1
   With None                         : 1
   With Ordinal                      : -76
   With StringSort                   : -1
   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
   With IgnoreSymbols                : 0
   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "My Uncle Bill's clients"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "My uncle bills clients"

      ' Creates a CompareInfo that uses the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myComp As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo

      ' Compares two strings using myComp.
      Console.WriteLine("Comparing ""{0}"" and ""{1}""", myStr1.Substring(10), myStr2.Substring(10))
      Console.WriteLine("   With no CompareOptions            : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10))
      Console.WriteLine("   With None                         : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.None))
      Console.WriteLine("   With Ordinal                      : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.Ordinal))
      Console.WriteLine("   With StringSort                   : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.StringSort))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreCase                   : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreSymbols                : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols))
      Console.WriteLine("   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : {0}", myComp.Compare(myStr1, 10, myStr2, 10, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase Or CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Comparing "ill's clients" and "ills clients"
'   With no CompareOptions            : 1
'   With None                         : 1
'   With Ordinal                      : -76
'   With StringSort                   : -1
'   With IgnoreCase                   : 1
'   With IgnoreSymbols                : 0
'   With IgnoreCase and IgnoreSymbols : 0

Remarks

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

Note

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters, which are characters that are not considered when performing a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. The Compare(String, Int32, String, Int32, CompareOptions) method does not consider such characters when performing a culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, supply a value of Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

See Also

Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32)

Compares a section of one string with a section of another string.

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, int offset1, int length1, System::String ^ string2, int offset2, int length2);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, int offset1, int length1, string string2, int offset2, int length2);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, offset1 As Integer, length1 As Integer, string2 As String, offset2 As Integer, length2 As Integer) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

length1
Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string1 to compare.

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

length2
Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string2 to compare.

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

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.
Exceptions

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.

Examples

The following example compares portions of two strings using the different CompareInfo objects:

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
{
   
   // Defines the strings to compare.
   String^ myStr1 = "calle";
   String^ myStr2 = "calor";
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the S"es-ES" culture with international sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompIntl = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
   
   // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the S"es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
   CompareInfo^ myCompTrad = CompareInfo::GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );
   
   // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
   CompareInfo^ myCompInva = CultureInfo::InvariantCulture->CompareInfo;
   
   // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
   Console::WriteLine( "Comparing \" {0}\" and \" {1}\"", myStr1->Substring( 2, 2 ), myStr2->Substring( 2, 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl->Compare: {0}", myCompIntl->Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad->Compare: {0}", myCompTrad->Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "   With myCompInva->Compare: {0}", myCompInva->Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing S"ll" and S"lo"
With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
With myCompInva.Compare: -1

*/
using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Defines the strings to compare.
      String myStr1 = "calle";
      String myStr2 = "calor";

      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      CompareInfo myCompIntl = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( "es-ES" );
      
      // Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      CompareInfo myCompTrad = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo( 0x040A );

      // Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      CompareInfo myCompInva = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo;

      // Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\"", myStr1.Substring( 2, 2 ), myStr2.Substring( 2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare( myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2 ) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "ll" and "lo"
   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "calle"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "calor"

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with international sort.
      Dim myCompIntl As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo("es-ES")

      ' Uses GetCompareInfo to create the CompareInfo that uses the "es-ES" culture with traditional sort.
      Dim myCompTrad As CompareInfo = CompareInfo.GetCompareInfo(&H40A)

      ' Uses the CompareInfo property of the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myCompInva As CompareInfo = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.CompareInfo

      ' Compares two strings using myCompIntl.
      Console.WriteLine("Comparing ""{0}"" and ""{1}""", myStr1.Substring(2, 2), myStr2.Substring(2, 2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompIntl.Compare: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare(myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompTrad.Compare: {0}", myCompTrad.Compare(myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2))
      Console.WriteLine("   With myCompInva.Compare: {0}", myCompInva.Compare(myStr1, 2, 2, myStr2, 2, 2))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Comparing "ll" and "lo"
'   With myCompIntl.Compare: -1
'   With myCompTrad.Compare: 1
'   With myCompInva.Compare: -1

Remarks

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

Note

When possible, you should use string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters. The Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32) method does not consider these characters when it performs a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, call the Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) method and supply a value of Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions)

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

public:
 virtual int Compare(System::String ^ string1, int offset1, int length1, System::String ^ string2, int offset2, int length2, System::Globalization::CompareOptions options);
public virtual int Compare (string string1, int offset1, int length1, string string2, int offset2, int length2, System.Globalization.CompareOptions options);
Public Overridable Function Compare (string1 As String, offset1 As Integer, length1 As Integer, string2 As String, offset2 As Integer, length2 As Integer, options As CompareOptions) As Integer
Parameters
string1
String String String

The first string to compare.

offset1
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

length1
Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string1 to compare.

string2
String String String

The second string to compare.

offset2
Int32 Int32 Int32

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

length2
Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of consecutive characters in string2 to compare.

options
CompareOptions CompareOptions CompareOptions

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

Returns

A 32-bit signed integer indicating the lexical relationship between the two comparands.

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.
Exceptions

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.

Examples

The following 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

*/
using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCompareInfo  {

   public static void 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, 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

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCompareInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Defines the strings to compare.
      Dim myStr1 As [String] = "My Uncle Bill's clients"
      Dim myStr2 As [String] = "My uncle bills clients"

      ' Creates a CompareInfo that uses the InvariantCulture.
      Dim myComp As CompareInfo = 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, CompareOptions.IgnoreCase Or CompareOptions.IgnoreSymbols))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCompareInfo


'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

Remarks

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

Note

When possible, you should call string comparison methods that have a parameter of type CompareOptions to specify the kind of comparison expected. As a general rule, use linguistic options (using the current culture) for comparing strings displayed in the user interface and specify Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for security comparisons.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters. The Compare(String, Int32, Int32, String, Int32, Int32, CompareOptions) method does not consider these characters when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, supply a value of Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the options parameter.

See Also

Applies to