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Defines a reference comparison method. This methis method is applicable to two character strings to determine their relative order. The method can be applied to strings containing characters from the full repertoire of ISO/IEC 10646-1. This method is also applicable to subsets of that repertoire, such as those of the different ISO/IEC 8-bit standard character sets, or any other character set, standardised or not, to produce ordering results valid for a given set of languages for each script. This method uses collation tables derived either from the Common Template Table defined in this International Standard or from one of its tailorings.