Comparison operations are supported by all objects. They all have the
same priority (which is higher than that of the Boolean operations).
Comparisons can be chained arbitrarily, e.g.
x < y <= z is
x < y and y <= z, except that
evaluated only once (but in both cases
z is not evaluated at
x < y is found to be false).
This table summarizes the comparison operations:
!=are alternate spellings for the same operator. (I couldn't choose between ABC and C! :-)
Objects of different types, except different numeric types, never compare equal; such objects are ordered consistently but arbitrarily (so that sorting a heterogeneous array yields a consistent result). Furthermore, some types (e.g., windows) support only a degenerate notion of comparison where any two objects of that type are unequal. Again, such objects are ordered arbitrarily but consistently.
(Implementation note: objects of different types except numbers are ordered by their type names; objects of the same types that don't support proper comparison are ordered by their address.)
Two more operations with the same syntactic priority,
not in, are supported only by sequence types (below).