Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.

Thu 15 Jul 2004, 11:11 AM
There was a question in the Gold forums about sorting lines of text in rich text.  Somebody wanted to sort in rich text!  The nerve!  Why would anybody want to sort?  Next thing you know, they'll want to print.  Don't they know it is 2004.

In any case, if you are one of those hopeless folks who think that sorting items might be useful [ha! Imagine if Lotus 1 2 3 had allowed sorting.  It might have become the defining killer app of its time], I guess I will begrudgingly let you know that our Midas Rich Text LSX will actually let you sort.  Sort rows of tables.  Sort sections.  Sort bullet items.  Sort text paragraphs.  Heck, it will probably even let you sort graphics if they are named.  Oh the shame!  I try to keep these things secret, but I must confess adding that functionality in 1997, for Version 1.00 of Midas, when Notes Release 4.1 was the hot ticket.  

See what I mean?  Obviously, if sorting were important, IBM would have added it to the core functionality, at least for tables, by Notes/Domino Release 7.  Sorting is clearly never needed by real companies.  Not a chance.  No way.

Therefore, I must apologize, and will now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading.

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