25 Localization library [localization]

25.3 Locales [locales]

25.3.1 Class locale [locale] locale operators [locale.operators]

bool operator==(const locale& other) const;
Returns: true if both arguments are the same locale, or one is a copy of the other, or each has a name and the names are identical; false otherwise.
bool operator!=(const locale& other) const;
Returns: !(*this == other).
template <class charT, class traits, class Allocator> bool operator()(const basic_string<charT, traits, Allocator>& s1, const basic_string<charT, traits, Allocator>& s2) const;
Effects: Compares two strings according to the collate<charT> facet.
Remarks: This member operator template (and therefore locale itself) satisfies requirements for a comparator predicate template argument ([algorithms]) applied to strings.
use_facet<collate<charT>>(*this).compare(s1.data(), s1.data() + s1.size(),
                                         s2.data(), s2.data() + s2.size()) < 0
A vector of strings v can be collated according to collation rules in locale loc simply by ([alg.sort], [vector]):
std::sort(v.begin(), v.end(), loc);
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