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"a ways" comes before "aardvark"

Posted by DH on November 05, 2004

Maybe this breaches protocol a bit, but if anybody knows the answer, it's you guys. Honestly, I've tried getting into the Microsoft discussion group, but they want to know everything about you, your SocSec no., your mother's maiden name, etc, and I was afraid I'd be getting spam the rest of my life. Gary, forgive me but I'm desperate

In Microsoft Word, is there a way to make a space between two words that will fool Bill Gates into thinking there's a letter there

Bill's idea of "alphabetical" is grossly different from the rest of the world's; he gets confused when an entry has more than one word. What I'm trying to do is find a way to make the Sort algorithm work like a dictionary; that is, observe absolute alphabetical order regardless of how many words constituting each entry

The way it does it now,

a ways
aardvark
back to basics
backfill

Therefore if I could somehow make Bill think that there was a letter between "a" and "ways" and between "back" and "to," then maybe he would put them in alphabetical order like a dictionary-Thanks guys