Sorting Text

Somtimes, I want to sort a block of text. So just select it and let the bubble sort

Sub SortSelection ()
'DESCRIPTION: Sorts Selection
    Dim win
    set win = ActiveWindow  
    If win.type <> "Text" Then
        MsgBox "This macro can only be run when a text editor window is active."
        Exit Sub
    End If

    StartLine = ActiveDocument.Selection.TopLine
    EndLine = ActiveDocument.Selection.BottomLine       
    If EndLine < StartLine Then
        Temp = StartLine            
        StartLine = EndLine         
        EndLine = Temp      
    End If

    EndLine = EndLine - 1         

    If StartLine > EndLine Then
        Exit Sub
    End If

    bStop = false

    Do While Not bStop
        bStop = true
        For i = StartLine  To EndLine            
            ActiveDocument.Selection.GoToLine i         
            FirstLine = ActiveDocument.Selection         

            ActiveDocument.Selection.GoToLine i + 1        
            SecondLine = ActiveDocument.Selection         

            If FirstLine > SecondLine Then 
                bStop = false
                ActiveDocument.Selection.GoToLine i
	            ActiveDocument.Selection.MoveTo i + 1, dsEndOfLine, dsExtend
                ActiveDocument.Selection = SecondLine +  FirstLine    
            End If
    ActiveDocument.Selection.GoToLine StartLine
    ActiveDocument.Selection.MoveTo EndLine + 1, dsEndOfLine, dsExtend
End Sub

Date Last Updated: February 12, 1999


  • This macro contains a nasty bug

    Posted by Legacy on 04/29/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Chad Loder

    This macro contains a nasty bug. I believe that if
    the document is read only, the bubble sort may never
    exit (when the lines aren't already in order). This
    is because the lines don't get swapped (read only!),
    hence they stay out of order and the loop never exits.

    I have a better sort macro that first stores all the
    lines in the selection in a vector, then sorts them
    in memory using quicksort, then writes them all at
    once. This avoids the read only problem and is much
    faster because the sorting happens in memory, not in
    the live document.

  • Works, leaves blank window but just press END

    Posted by Legacy on 02/22/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Lee Patterson

    After the macro has run, your window will probably be blank. 
    Just press END and the text will all reappear.

  • macro left the source file blank

    Posted by Legacy on 02/13/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: ljp

    Curious effect. Left my test source page totally blank.....

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