25 Localization library [localization]

25.4 Standard locale categories [locale.categories]

25.4.4 The collate category [category.collate] Class template collate [locale.collate] collate virtual functions [locale.collate.virtuals]

int do_compare(const charT* low1, const charT* high1, const charT* low2, const charT* high2) const;

Returns: 1 if the first string is greater than the second, -1 if less, zero otherwise. The specializations required in Table 69 ([locale.category]), namely collate<char> and collate<wchar_­t>, implement a lexicographical comparison.

string_type do_transform(const charT* low, const charT* high) const;

Returns: A basic_­string<charT> value that, compared lexicographically with the result of calling transform() on another string, yields the same result as calling do_­compare() on the same two strings.242

long do_hash(const charT* low, const charT* high) const;

Returns: An integer value equal to the result of calling hash() on any other string for which do_­compare() returns 0 (equal) when passed the two strings. [Note: The probability that the result equals that for another string which does not compare equal should be very small, approaching (1.0/numeric_­limits<unsigned long>​::​max()). end note]

This function is useful when one string is being compared to many other strings.