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    'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    I found (to me) surprisingly few references to "text direction" in the lounge. I thought I was the last person on the planet to discover it (through a Wilson Jones folder,http://www.wilsonjones.com)

    Now, of course, i want sidebars in "text direction" on so many documents ... but as far as I can see we can't (Word97) incorporate text direction in a paragraph style.

    So, I'll have a small macro that applies a user style "Sideways" and sets the text direction.

    Unless someone tells me there's a better way .....

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    As far as I know, text direction can't be a style attribute. You can put the sidebars in a text box & change the text direction in the text box. You could save it as an autotext entry to insert it easily, but I doubt that this is any faster than using a macro.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    > I doubt that this is any faster than using a macro

    Thanks, Phil. It's going to be a macro (the word "versa-tile seems appropraite!).

    I often worry that I've missed something that's tucked away some place. Having someone confirm that I've NOT misunderstood is a great help.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    > the word "versa-tile" seems appropriate

    (very off topic)
    The word already has been used for shapes that can tile the plane in both periodic and non-periodic ways.
    There are such beasts, though I haven't found a picture on the web that shows both periodic and non-periodic tilings using the same tile.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    He has a definition of the Ackerman function there. He writes that it was introduced by John Conway, but I was introduced to it as The Ackerman Function back in 1970. We used it to classify machines (hardware and software).

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    J., you're sure? Conway's one-dimensional function seems to grow rather slowly -- a(1000)=510 -- whereas Ackerman's two-dimensional function is said to grow faster than an exponential function (... didn't test it).
    The definitions look pretty similar, though, and they may both not be primitively recursive ... I'm just an amateur at mathematics, and both seem pretty strange compared to what I learned in school!

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    You are correct. I didn't look closely eanough. Conway's function is more linear than Ackerman's.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    I'm a little bit behind the curve with regard to the subject of this post. (And I was unable to find the appropriate folder at the WilsonJones link.) Are we talking about text direction in a text box? Could someone give me a little basic info about "text direction" as it seems like it might be very useful if I actually knew what was going on.
    Thank You, J. Till

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    It's my fault for allowing Phil to distract me (grin!).

    Background: I purchased a three-ring binder for course notes. Turns out it was a "Wilson Jones" binder, and as I travelled by train to the teaching appointment I read the toss-away bumph inside the folder. One sheet was a step-by-step procedure for creating cover sheets, tab sheets etc for the folder. (I wished I had read it BEFORE leaving my office!)

    The various procedures seemed to lend themselves to an exercise in designing a set of useful utility procedures to produce cover sheets etc, so on my return I sketched out how I'd break the tasks down into utility fucntions.

    Working through the steps I came to the bit about "Select Tex Direction", and I'd not played with "Text Direction" before. Bear with me. The web site undoubtedly has templates for the cover page; I am/was reading from the throw-away bumph sheet inside the package.

    I examined Text Direction (more below!) and realised that I'd like to implement this as part of a style - it made sense to me - but I couldn't find a way to drag it into a style definition. Hence my original post "Am I going crazy or is it truly not possible to incorporate Text Direction" into a paragraph style.


    OK. Text Direction: In MS(Word97/SR2) create a table, say 5 columns and 5 rows. Into each cell type a word ("Here is some text for you to read" would occupy 8 cells). Select a cell with text and choose from the menu Format, Text Direction, and one of the vertical orientations.
    On your return to your document you should see text displayed vertically - just as you would want it to be displayed on the spine of a three-ring binder.

    Now, if you are using paragraph Styles, you'd have to start thinking that it would be nice to define a paragraph style "Spine", being Arial, 36 point, bold, and "Text Direction = Vertical", but there's no way to install the text direction as a facet of a paragraph style.

    So now I have a macro which applies the paragraph style 'Spine" and applies Format, Text Direction, Vertical.

    I hope this makes sense.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    > it seems like it might be very useful

    I should add that Text Direction is becoming part of my repertoire. I am now using it to provide sidebars on each page of an annotated book.

    The text for each page of he book is held in a large cell of a table. To the right of the large cell is a slim, vertical cell, with the text formatted as vertical. In this slim box I place my comments as to where-we-are-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things. Very handy.

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. I feel like I'm up-to-date now with text direction.
    Time will tell as to whether I share your enthusiasm.
    Let the experiments begin. J. Till

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    Re: 'text direction' (Word97SR2)

    > Let the experiments begin.

    There's a use of vertical text here:
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