Download WordService from Devon Technologies, unzip (double-click) the file & then install it following the directions in the read me file. You will probably need to log out or restart your Mac for the services to be available. You will then have various options available under the Pages > Services menu. The various possibilities are dimmed in my screenshots because I have no text selected to apply the functions to.
For anyone using Snow Leopard, added services like WordService, will need to be "activated" in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.
The read me file includes the following:
Copy WordService into the directory "Services" (located in the Library folder of your
home directory), then log out and log in again. If there's no such folder, just create
one using the Finder."
Use Finder to navigate to your home folder, then into the Library subfolder, then into Services subfolder.
Inside the WordService 2.7 download folder is a file called ReadMe.rtf double click it and it should open in Text Edit and says:
+Copy WordService into the directory "Services" (located in the Library folder of your home directory), then log out and log in again. If there's no such folder, just create one using the Finder."+
In the side bar on the lefthand side of every open Finder window should be a little house icon probably with your name next to it. This is your computer account.
Click on it and find the folder labeled Library which should contain another folder called Services. If you don't have a Services folder create one:
+Menu > New Folder > click on it and name it "Services"+
Drag WordService.service from your downloaded WordService folder into the above folder. +Do not+ drag the whole folder in.
Now you will find the contained services under every application (including Finder) menu (eg the Pages menu) in a submenu called Services. There are many services in the menu. The specific services you want are +Format > Sort Lines Ascending/Descending.+
And I have learnt another American word.
Personally it sounds so wrong. It is really sorting, and to alphabetise or alphabetize is what I would call spelling something out, like writing out numbers in letters.
But then Melville called whales fish, petroleum/benzene which is a liquid is called gas and every known creepy crawly is a bug which is actually a sub order of insects.
As George Bernhard Shaw said, we are divided by a common language.
… numbering is the sorting by numbers, not adding numbers to a list.
… randomizing is the alternate guessing of homonyms such as there/their/they're and to/two/too in text on the basis that one of them is bound to be right 1/3rd of the time.
… punctualizing is guessing where to place the apostrophe in abbreviations eg ca'nt spe'll wan't.
… verbalizing is taking nouns and making them impersonate other parts of speech.
If I must choose between peter advice and Merriam-Webster's one, I hhoose the Mrriam-Webster advice which is:
+Main Entry: al·pha·bet·ize+
+Function: transitive verb+
+Inflected Form(s): al·pha·bet·ized; al·pha·bet·iz·ing+
+1 : *to arrange alphabetically*+
+2 : *to furnish with an alphabet*+
+— al·pha·bet·iz·er noun+
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 13 octobre 2009 21:12:31