.net - How can I make Array.Contains case-insensitive on a string array?


I am using the Array.Contains method on a string array. How can I make that case-insensitive?

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    array.Contains("str", StringComparer.OrdinalIgnoreCase);

    Or depending on the specific circumstance, you might prefer:

    array.Contains("str", StringComparer.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase);
    array.Contains("str", StringComparer.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase);

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    Some important notes from my side, or at least putting some distributed info at one place- concerning the tip above with a StringComparer like in:

    if (array.Contains("str", StringComparer.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
    1. array.Contains() is a LINQ extension method and therefore works by standard only with .NET 3.5 or higher, needing:
      using System;
      using System.Linq;

    2. But: in .NET 2.0 the simple Contains() method (without taking case insensitivity into account) is at least possible like this, with a cast:

      if ( ((IList<string>)mydotNet2Array).Contains(“str”) ) {}

      As the Contains() method is part of the IList interface, this works not only with arrays, but also with lists, etc.

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    Implement a custom IEqualityComparer that takes case-insensitivity into account.

    Additionally, check this out. So then (in theory) all you'd have to do is:

    myArray.Contains("abc", ProjectionEqualityComparer<string>.Create(a => a.ToLower()))

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    new[] { "ABC" }.Select(e => e.ToLower()).Contains("abc") // returns true