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Re: No StringCompare in Mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg67185] Re: No StringCompare in Mathematica?
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 02:19:13 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <e6e2oh$20u$>
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Steven T. Hatton wrote:
> I wanted to sort a list of XMLElements based on the text in the third
> descendent of the element type used to form the list.  In order to set up
> the comparison predicate, I had to(?) form a list of the two candidate
> strings and compare it to the sorted version of itself.  The sort was
> fairly slow in executing.  I would like to have simply done s1 < s2, but
> Mathematica doesn't appear to support that.  Is there a way to get that
> functionality more simply than what I described?
I am not totally clear what you are asking here, but if you want to 
compare strings, try OrderedQ, for example:


David Bailey

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