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lion comes before zebra

How does ('lion' > 'zebra') true when "l" comes before "z?" Shouldn't it be true/

3 Answers

Hi Alana!

( 'lion' > 'zebra' )

evaluates to false.

Quiz Question 4 of 7
Is the following condition true or false?

( 'lion' > 'zebra' )
 Well done! When comparing strings, the first letter of the first string is compared to the first letter of the second string.  
A   
True. Since 'l' comes before 'z' in the alphabet, 'lion' is greater than 'zebra.'

B   <--- I picked this answer and it passed
False. Since 'l' comes before 'z' in the alphabet, 'lion' is not greater than 'zebra.'

I hope that helps.

Stay safe and happy coding!

yes, that is what I am asking why is it false when "l" comes before"z." It should be true

Hi Alena!

In the computer world (and other places, too), 'z' is considered a higher character than 'a' (or 'l').

In a database, if you sorted a table of animals by the animal name in ascending (low to high/default) order, it will sort it from a-z.

If you sort in descending (high to low) order, it would sort z-a.

You can test it this way:

var animals = ["zebra", "aardvark", "lion"];
animals.sort(); // default sort is ascending (from low to high)
console.log(animals);

It should print out "Array(3)", which if you expand it, will give you:

0: "aardvark"
1: "lion"
2: "zebra"
length: 3
etc....

aardvark being the lowest value and zebra being the highest

I hope that helps.

Stay safe and happy coding!

Hi Peter,

I want to thank you for your help with the "if" "else" comparison. I had no idea to copy and past in the challege, but I did and it worked. Thanks again ... I'm so thankful.

Alana