On 01/01/2011 21:16, Arno Trautmann wrote:
> Paul Thompson wrote:
>> What sort of documentation is available for \pdfstrcmp?  I confess that I have
>> never heard of this toolset.
>
> pdfTeX manual says:
>
> \pdfstrcmp<general text>  <general text>  (expandable)
> This command compares two strings and expands to 0 if the strings are
> equal, to -1 if the first string ranks before the second, and to 1
> otherwise. The primitive was introduced in pdfTEX 1.30.0.
>

Like many of the newer pdfTeX primitives, there is to some extend a need
to 'suck it and see' to find out what happens. For LaTeX3, all we do is
use the 'equal' test. The test does expansion, so to test two token
lists as strings without any expansion, you do

\def\StringCompareTF#1#2{%
\ifnum\pdfstrcmp{\unexpanded{#1}}{\unexpanded{#2}}=\z@
\expandafter\@firstoftwo
\else
\expandafter\@secondoftwo
\fi
}

or code to that effect.
--
Joseph Wright