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st: RE: Formatting and variable problem


From   "Steichen, Thomas" <STEICHT@RJRT.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Formatting and variable problem
Date   Wed, 3 Jul 2002 09:00:34 -0400

Fred Wolfe writes:
> 
> I have a program which does various calculation and then ends 
> with the following line:
> 
>           di as text "{ralign `startcol' : `outname'}" " {c |}" as result 
> "{ralign 9: `N' `mean' `sd' `se' `median' `min' `max' `lci' `uci'}"
> 
> If  any of the macros are empty (`N' `mean' `sd' `se' `median' `min' `max' 
> `lci' `uci'), as would often be expected, then no result for  the missing 
> macro is displayed. However, each missing macro uses exactly  1 character 
> space. Therefore the output is not uniform as to spacing, and  it is hard to 
> line up titles above the output.

Fred... it's not the macro that is taking up one character, it is the space
between macros that you put in to separate the elements of your output line.

Those spaces print just like any other character, regardless of whether your
macros are empty or not.

Tom 
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