Index numbering starts from 0. The startIndex parameter can range from 0 to the length of the string instance. If startIndex equals the length of the string instance, the method returns -1.
This method performs a word (case-sensitive and culture-sensitive) search using the current culture. The search begins at the startIndex character position of this instance and continues until the last character position.
Character sets include ignorable characters, which are characters that are not considered when performing a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. In a culture-sensitive search, if value contains an ignorable character, the result is equivalent to searching with that character removed. If value consists only of one or more ignorable characters, the IndexOf(String, Int32) method always returns startIndex, which is the character position at which the search begins. In the following example, the IndexOf(String, Int32) method is used to find the position of a soft hyphen (U+00AD) followed by an "m" in two strings. Only one of the strings contains the required substring. In both cases, because the soft hyphen is an ignorable character, the method returns the index of "m" in the string. Note that in the case of the first string, which includes the soft hyphen followed by an "m", the method fails to return the index of the soft hyphen but instead returns the index of the "m".
Public Sub Main()
Dim searchString As String = Chrw(&h00AD) + "m"
Dim s1 As String = "ani" + ChrW(&h00AD) + "mal"
Dim s2 As String = "animal"
' The example displays the following output:
Notes to Callers
As explained in Best Practices for Using Strings in the .NET Framework, we recommend that you avoid calling string comparison methods that substitute default values and instead call methods that require parameters to be explicitly specified. To find the first index of a substring that occurs after a particular character position by using the comparison rules of the current culture, call the IndexOf(String, Int32, StringComparison) method overload with a value of StringComparison.CurrentCulture for its comparisonType parameter.