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29.17 java.text.RuleBasedCollator (JDK 1.1)

This class is a concrete subclass of the abstract Collator class. It performs collations using a table of rules that are specified in textual form. Most applications do not use this class directly; instead they call Collator.getInstance() to obtain a Collator object (typically a RuleBasedCollator object) that implements the default collation order for a specified or default locale. You should only need to use this class if you are collating strings for a locale that is not supported by default, or if you need to implement a highly customized collation order.

public class RuleBasedCollator extends Collator {
    // Public Constructor
            public RuleBasedCollator(String rules) throws ParseException;
    // Public Instance Methods
            public Object clone();  // Overrides Collator
            public int compare(String source, String target);  // Defines Collator
            public boolean equals(Object obj);  // Overrides Collator
            public CollationElementIterator getCollationElementIterator(String source);
            public CollationKey getCollationKey(String source);  // Defines Collator
            public String getRules();
            public int hashCode();  // Defines Collator


Object->Collator(Cloneable, Serializable)->RuleBasedCollator

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