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Defined in header <locale>

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template< class CharT >
class collate;

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Class std::collate encapsulates locale-specific collation (comparison) and hashing of strings. This facet is used by std::basic_regex and can be applied, by means of std::locale::operator(), directly to all standard algorithms that expect a string comparison predicate.

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Two specializations are provided by the standard library and are implemented by all locale objects created in a C++ program:

Defined in header <locale>
std::collate<char> implements lexicographical ordering of byte strings
std::collate<wchar_t> implements lexicographical ordering of wide strings


Member types

Member type Definition
char_type charT
string_type std::basic_string<charT>

Member functions

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constructs a new collate facet
(public member function)
destructs a collate facet
(protected member function)

Member objects

static std::locale::id id
id of the locale
(public member object)

Protected member functions

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#include <locale>
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <algorithm>
int main()
    std::vector<std::wstring> v = {L"ar", L"zebra", L"\u00f6grupp", L"Zebra", L"\u00e4ngel",
                                   L"\u00e5r", L"f\u00f6rnamn"};
    std::wcout << "Default locale collation order: ";
    std::sort(v.begin(), v.end());
    for(auto s : v) std::wcout << s << ' '; std::wcout << '\n';
    std::wcout << "English locale collation order: ";
    std::sort(v.begin(), v.end(), std::locale("en_US.UTF-8"));
    for(auto s : v) std::wcout << s << ' '; std::wcout << '\n';
    std::wcout << "Swedish locale collation order: ";
    std::sort(v.begin(), v.end(), std::locale("sv_SE.UTF-8"));
    for(auto s : v) std::wcout << s << ' '; std::wcout << '\n';


Default locale collation order: Zebra ar förnamn zebra ängel år ögrupp
English locale collation order: ängel ar år förnamn ögrupp zebra Zebra
Swedish locale collation order: ar förnamn zebra Zebra år ängel ögrupp

See also

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creates a collate facet for the named locale
(class template)