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I am using the Standard Template Library in a program that involves sorting linked lists.  I have an object defined that contains two variables, int ID and char TYPE.  I also have defined the operator< and operator == which involves the ID variable.  So an STL sort would sort the dequeue by the ID number.  I also want to sort by the TYPE.  For example, If I am sorting by ID number, and two identical number come up, I want to be able to break the tie by choosing the object with the highest TYPE priority.  I would also like to be able to sort by TYPE.  Is there any way to use the STL to sort a dequeue of object by more than one object variable?  
            Thank you
            Chris Blue
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The standard allows you to pass a comparator to list::sort() as a parameter. However, most compilers do not yet support template member functions, and therefore they do not support this function.

The global sort, however, does not require this feature. It works on a deque, vector and built-in arrays. Here is an example:

#include <vector>
#include <algorithm>

struct MyStruct {
    int i;
    char c;
};

bool Compare_I(const MyStruct s1, const MyStruct s2)
{return (s1.i > s2.i);}

bool Compare_C(const MyStruct s1, const MyStruct s2)
{return (s1.c > s2.c);}

bool Compare_Both(const MyStruct s1, const MyStruct s2)
{
    if (s1.i == s2.i) return (s1.c > s2.c);
    else return (s1.i > s2.i);
}

int main ()
{
    using std::vector;
    using std::sort;

    vector<MyStruct> v;

    // put stuff into v

    sort(v.begin(), v.end(), Compare_I); // sort by first field
    sort(v.begin(), v.end(), Compare_C); // sort by second field
    sort(v.begin(), v.end(), Compare_Both); // sort by both

    return 0;
}


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