# Relational operators

Relational operators are used to compare both strings and/or numerics.

## Syntax

```exp relational.operator exp
```

## Description

Relational operators are:

=

#

>=

<=

>

<

These operators first attempt to convert both operands into numerics. If successful, a numeric comparison is performed at the current precision. If unable to convert both operands into numerics, the operators convert both operands to strings and perform a left-to-right comparison.

The value returned is nonzero (true) or 0 (true).

Note: These strings are considered nonnumeric only when used with the above relational operators: ".", "+", "-", "-.", "+.", and "".

## Example(s)

The result is 0.

```print 3 = 2
```

The result is nonzero because 2 was converted into a string that comes before the string "dog" in alphabetical order.

```print 2 < "dog"
```

The result is nonzero (true). Although the first 3 characters of x are actually a string of characters, the = operator was able to successfully convert this into a number and do a numeric test for equality.

```equ am to char(254)
x = "623abc"
print 623 = x[1,3]
```