how to compare two strings?

Paul Rubin phr-n2002a at nightsong.com
Tue Feb 12 09:13:22 CET 2002


Is there any built-in function in Python for comparing two strings
alphabetically?  Something suitable for passing as the optional
comparison function for the list "sort" method.  I could code up
something like

  def scmp(a,b):
    if a<b: return -1
    if b<a: return 1
    return 0

but it's pretty ugly to need to do that.  I've looked in the docs but
don't see any obvious counterpart to perl's lozenge (<=>) operator.
Is there one?

Thanks.



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