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I18N::Collate - compare 8-bit scalar data according to the current locale


  WARNING: starting from the Perl version 5.003_06
  the I18N::Collate interface for comparing 8-bit scalar data
  according to the current locale


  That is, please do not use it anymore for any new applications
  and please migrate the old applications away from it because its
  functionality was integrated into the Perl core language in the
  release 5.003_06.

  See the perllocale manual page for further information.



    use I18N::Collate;
    setlocale(LC_COLLATE, 'locale-of-your-choice'); 
    $s1 = new I18N::Collate "scalar_data_1";
    $s2 = new I18N::Collate "scalar_data_2";


This module provides you with objects that will collate according to your national character set, provided that the POSIX setlocale() function is supported on your system.

You can compare $s1 and $s2 above with

    $s1 le $s2

to extract the data itself, you'll need a dereference: $$s1

This module uses POSIX::setlocale(). The basic collation conversion is done by strxfrm() which terminates at NUL characters being a decent C routine. collate_xfrm() handles embedded NUL characters gracefully.

The available locales depend on your operating system; try whether locale -a shows them or man pages for "locale" or "nlsinfo" or the direct approach ls /usr/lib/nls/loc or ls /usr/lib/nls or ls /usr/lib/locale. Not all the locales that your vendor supports are necessarily installed: please consult your operating system's documentation and possibly your local system administration. The locale names are probably something like xx_XX.(ISO)?8859-N or xx_XX.(ISO)?8859N, for example fr_CH.ISO8859-1 is the Swiss (CH) variant of French (fr), ISO Latin (8859) 1 (-1) which is the Western European character set.